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Thunder Road

Following the death of his mother, an emotionally unstable cop sees his life slowly unravel in this bracingly uncomfortable tragicomedy.

Please note the screening of Thunder Road on Thu 11 Oct NFT2 will screen from a 35mm print.

Dir-Scr Jim Cummings
Prod Natalie Metzger, Zack Parker, Benjamin Wiessner
With Jim Cummings, Kendal Farr, Nican Robinson
USA
2018
91min
Prod Co Vanishing Angle

Officer Jim Arnaud’s eulogy at his mother’s funeral does not go as planned. Struggling to stay focused as his emotions take over, the tongue-tied 30-something launches into a free-wheeling diatribe of confessional digressions, not helped by the fact that he cannot seem to get his mother’s favourite Bruce Springsteen song to play on his daughter’s pink stereo. Consumed by sadness, Jim searches for some semblance of control in an otherwise crumbling existence. Propelled by an extraordinarily unhinged central performance from writer-director-star Jim Cummings (expanding from his award-winning 2016 short film of the same name), Thunder Road is a painful, often blackly funny exploration of grief, mental illness and the fragile male ego. It is certainly an uncomfortable watch, but also a rewarding one, brimming with disarming pathos and raw, unfiltered emotion.

Michael Blyth

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