‘Road Kill’ presents the drama of a childless couple that celebrates their 7th marriage anniversary. The whole celebration is a ritual for the two, and it seems like it has been like this ever since. But, what starts as a celebration and as a way of getting pregnant, ends up in a slightly wrong way. After an intense argument in the restaurant, the couple continues to fight on the same subject even in the car on their way home. What happens next changes their whole life.
In Campbell Dalglish’s movie nothing is random. From the first scene, with the sea and the beach, we are able to spot some marine creatures that seem very interesting. As the story goes by, we will see that they play an important role in the course of the action.
At first, both of the lovers seem happy about their day, but only later, when the woman postpones the sex, we can see the real feelings engraved on their faces, being totally different from the ones they were projecting in the first place.
This short is filled with double meanings and double interpretations, and this is something we don't see very often. The scene at the dinner table is one key moment where things escalate based on the way of perceiving the dialogue. The main actors, Julie Lawrence and Fernando Londono, are doing an amazing job in this short movie, being able to go through a whole range of emotions in such a short period of time.
The score of ‘Road Kill’ is very good and adequate, blending with the whole mood of the story perfectly. The ending really caught our attention - the letter floating in the water, where one can read a romantic poem, and the ink fading out, is really impressive. Also, the symmetry between the beginning and the end, with the beginning shot from outside the water and the last shot from underwater, completes a circle, or better, frames a story that we can hardly forget.
Written by Vlad A. G