“Rubber”, a film by Quentin Dupieux

by Lena Marquise


A review,

followed by an interview,

followed by music.



A few notes about the film on my phone before dozing off at 7 AM after the brilliantly exhausting screening …

— The voice of Robert, the tire, was heard in the non-action rather than action and violence [i.e. the blowing up of heads] towards those who did not impress on him in either a good or bad way. In a way Robert was doing away with what he saw as useless. It seemed like every one who gave in to their emotions during the film was in some way killed.

With hints of the tire smiting down all who are righteous or wrong in this tiny microcosm, including the 3-day killing spree which is much like a plague of exploding heads, this tire is crucified for becoming more human/irrational/emotional than his hunters (going on a killing spree after witnessing a mass burning of tires, and later being humiliated by his crush), and is resurrected as not only a stronger force, but also given the power to grant life to fellow tires and gather a following, much like a religious leader.

Mr. Dupieux’s editing techniques showed his audio-editing background and strengths. Conceptually: he cut up/sampled defining moments of American B-horror cinema, remixed them with an antagonistic tire, set them on repeat, and finally stacked the pattern in order to create a perfect Shakespearean drama.

The film smacks of nihilism, starting with the film’s first sentiment, “for no reason,” but in a much grander sense of metaphysical comedy. Soon, the viewer witnesses a change from nihilism to an inverse of post-modernist theory while maintaining such simplicity that I can imagine dead philosophers cringing in their pine boxes.

Rubber was poorly received at Cannes; however, several critics outside the director’s home country were sufficiently educated to grasp the wink and the nod to classicism as well a progressive modernism. Maybe it was the director’s non-deliberate jabs at High Art that really got them steamed, insisting, [insert French accent here] “No really, there was no reason behind it.” —

30min round table interview

Later that night…



an amazing video on the making of an album ::

i fell in love with this song some time ago — then, performed to it ::

Lena Marquise performing to Pourriture X
@ Hearthrob 06.23.09
Boston, MA
photo by Gillian Bowling

read about the writer’s strange dream on the subject here


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One thought on ““Rubber”, a film by Quentin Dupieux”

  1. I really hated Rubber!!! What could have been quite an inspired idea with references from David Lynch, to the horrors of the 50s and 60s, Carpenter’s Christine, and even Duel and Wall-E, in the end comes out as a smug, indulgent and self-congratulatory exercise which should have probably stayed a short film.



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