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The Darkness of the Road

USA 2021
produced by
Justin Nappi, Juliet Berman, David Lawson jr, Eric Tosstorff, Eduardo Rodriguez (executive) for Treehouse Pictures
directed by Eduardo Rodriguez
starring Leah Lauren, Najarra Townsend, Gwyneth Glover, Johnny Whitworth
written by Eduardo Rodriguez, music by Luis Ascanio

review by
Mike Haberfelner

It was supposed to be an overnight roadtrip into a new life for Siri (Najarra Townsend) and her daughter Eve (Gwyneth Glover), but then Siri almost hits somebody (or something), her car breaks down in the middle of nowhere and Eve is gone. And she starts to distrust the hitchhiker she has picked up at the last gas station, Iris (Leah Lauren). What's more, the two women are stuck in the car for the most time as there's someone or something totally malicious roaming the area. On top of that, Siri repeatedly slips out of consciousness and into a nightmare world full of blood and violence. But at least she finds her daughter again - which might not even be such a good thing, as there's something wrong with the girl, and Siri thinks Iris wants to kill her. And things go strictly downhill from there ...

 

Now above synopsis doesn't do The Darkness of the Road much justice, as the film, rather than playing it straight/chronological, uses different layers of reality to paint its picture, takes an associative approach to storytelling, refuses to explain things away, and basically follows the logic of a nightmare - and that works very well, thanks to a cleverly structured script, an atmospheric directorial approach that doesn't shy away from keeping things in the dark, and two leads that manage to remain relatable through all the craziness going on, all making this a very unusual but highly watchable genre film.-

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