David EASTEAL Australia 180 mins PG Southeast Asian Premiere
The repetitive nature of a middle-aged man’s daily commute home proves to be quietly revelatory.
In suburban Melbourne, Andrew, a charming middle-aged legal worker, leaves the office and drives home punctually at 5pm daily. During the long rush-hour commute, he dutifully calls to check in on his mother who has dementia, and after that shares a casual chat with his wife. At times, a colleague hitches a ride back, and the two develop a friendship through conversations about family, work, anxieties, love and mortality.
Unfolding over the course of a year, this naturalistic docudrama with improvised dialogue takes place almost entirely in a car, with us tucked voyeuristically in the backseat. As we watch the light and seasons change outside, a deeply human portrait of a man gradually reveals itself.
David EASTEAL is a Melbourne-based filmmaker and barrister. His short films include The Father (2011), which travelled to many international festivals including SGIFF. The Plains, his first feature, competed in the Tiger Competition at the 2022 International Film Festival Rotterdam.