Screening of the film “The Rover” by David Michôd as part of the Postapocalypse cycle at the Octopus Film Festival 2019.
After the widely praised gangster debut Animal Kingdom (2010), Australian director David Michôd used postapocalyptic themes to create one of the most realistic and nihilistic images of the genre. The main protagonist is an outsider (played by Guy Pierce), who apparently hates people, robbed of a car by a group of bandits, fresh from a brutal robbery. The extremely fiercely determined man decides to recover what’s his, regardless of the obstacles or possible consequences. While searching for thieves, he encounters the seriously wounded brother of one of them, the mentally disabled Rey (Robert Pattinson), left to die after the robbery. The hero takes him hostage and uses him to find the robbers. Rover is a one-of-a-kind film. On the one hand dark, psychedelic and cruel, on the other hand full of sadness and empathy, it presents truly moving acting creations. Australia is a crumbling world in which morality is a scarce commodity and death constantly takes its toll. The ubiquitous violence, however, takes place mainly outside the frame, and the few characters who wander through the wilderness far from the conventions of exaggerated individuals.