RULES OF THE ROAD

by Su FRIEDRICH
1993 / 16mm / color / sound / 1S / 31' 00

Rules of the Road tells the story of a love story and its decline through one of the first objects shared by the couple, a beige station wagon with faux wood panels on the sides. A typical American family car for an atypical American family.
Rules of the Road can be described as a series of variations on a theme. In this case, the theme is the standard station wagon. These variations occur because our emotional responses to an object change dramatically depending on what has happened since we last saw or used it.
Rules of the Road focuses on one particular model, the 1983 Oldsmobile Cutlass Cruiser. This car, shared by two women, is now owned by one but banished from the other's existence. In other words, the relationship has ended, but one of the most tangible reminders of its existence comes from the fact that this station wagon and thousands of similar models continue to roam the streets of the City, haunting the woman who has neither the keys to the car nor those to the other woman's heart.
You can't have a road movie without great road music. Rules of the Road has that and more. This film takes a playful and sometimes caustic look at how our dreams of freedom, pleasure, security and family are symbolized by a favorite object, the automobile.

3 PRINTS IN DISTRIBUTION


distribution format 16mm
screen 1,37 - Standard (single screen)
speed 24 fps
sound optical sound
original language English
translation French (Separate subtitles file)
rental fee 120,00 €

distribution format DCP on USB stick (SMPTE 2K)
screen 16/9 (single screen)
speed 30 fps
sound sound
original language English
rental fee 120,00 €

distribution format Digital file on server (SD)
screen 4/3 (single screen)
speed 29,976 fps
sound sound
original language English
rental fee 120,00 €