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International Premiere

  • France 2010
  • 85 min
  • 35mm
  • English
Official Selection, Critic's Week, Cannes Film Festival 2010



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« Un OVNI, une expérience à savourer. Déjà un film culte. » — Julien Bordier, L'EXPRESS

« Envoie tout chier en beauté et ça fait du bien. » — Philippe Azoury, LIBÉRATION


Director: Quentin Dupieux
Screenplay: Quentin Dupieux
Cast: Stephen Spinella, Roxane Mesquida, Jack Plotnick, Wings Hauser, Robert
Producers: Julien Bertan, Gregory Bernard, Josef Lieck
Print Source: Métropole Films

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Under the blazing sun of the American Southwest, a creature prowls aimlessly, driven solely by an unquenchable thirst for vengeance. Its family and friends were savagely massacred. The world at large will pay for this unforgivable crime. Nothing will escape the rage of this psychopathic car tire that… uh, hold on. A serial killer tire? That’s right, you read correctly. Now follow along—this tire with a bloodlust wanders the Arizona desert, leaving behind it a trail of dead, victims reduced to puddles of gore. Thanks to its powerful telepathic abilities, it makes every living thing it crosses, from little bunnies to unlucky motorists, literally explode. The tire is consumed by fury, kills without pity and nothing will sate its rage—except perhaps the gorgeous young woman (Roxane Mesquida) with whom it has fallen obsessively in love. It crossed her path on the road and has since been invaded by unfamiliar emotions. Recognizing at last some sense to its existence, it follows her furtively, awaiting a propitious moment to make its approach. Its newfound sentiments, however, haven’t softened the tire as it continues to blow apart anyone in its path. There truly is nothing more dangerous than a killer car tire in love.

It’s hard to imagine a freakier film than RUBBER. Buñuel himself would have been confounded by the off-the-charts oddness of this lurid salute to low-grade B movies. The moment you see the tire—named Robert, by the way—up on the screen, you’ll be sold on this absurdist black comedy that spits out wild ideas at a machine-gun pace. Those familiar with director Quentin Dupieux in his guise of electronic music sensation Mr. Oizo will know all about his singular creative knack. Here he is at the top of his game with a twisted hybrid of loving trash-cinema pastiche and the out-there experimentation of Charlie Kaufman. Initiating an amusing, Brechtian game of layered self-reference, Dupieux delivers a preposterous slasher film with an improbable killer gleefully going all Grand Guignol. Around it is a splendid cast delivering larger-than-life performances, notably Stephen Spinella, a winner in his role as a nutbar sheriff. He has the honour of opening the film with an unforgettable monologue about cinema, one of the funniest in years. The high-voltage RUBBER a brilliant and hysterical postmodern rethinking of the genre film that turned heads at Cannes just a couple of months back. Goodnight, Freddy—here’s Robert!

—Simon Laperrière (translated by Rupert Bottenberg)

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