Graham Young found himself won over by this charming film, loosely-based on the 2011 Icelandic film Either Way
You might be expecting snow, but this film opens with flames – and details of how 1,600 homes and four lives were lost in 1987 when 43,000 acres of woodland in central Texas were burned by wildfires.
In 1988, we then meet the stern Alvin and his laid back, insecure employee Lance, two men painting lines on a remote highway.
Played by Paul Rudd (Anchorman) and Emile Hirsch (Into the Wild), the odd ‘couple’ slowly develop a friendship as they joke and argue about their time responsibilities and music choices.
With Hirsch resembling a young, carefree Jack Black and Rudd gamely trying to emphasise the benefits of solitude, the pair learn some more personal things about each other which would be unlikely to surface in a less isolated environment.
An engaging variation of David Lynch’s film The Straight Story (1999), this is about everything from humanity and landscapes to dungarees, fish, sleeping bags, fear of snakes, parenting worries and confessions affecting each character’s dynamic.
Shot quickly on location and loosely adapted from Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurðsson’s Icelandic film Either Way (2011), Prince Avalanche also boasts a very different type of score by Explosions in the Sky and David Wingo.
After returning to his independent roots, the reward for writer-director David Gordon Green (Pineapple Express) was the best director award at this year’s Berlin Film Festival.