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Rules of the Road

USA, 1993 (MIFF 1993, Experimental)

Director: Su Friedrich

MFF's '91's Grand Prix winner Su Friedrich's (Sink or Swmi) latest film is a slyly subversive take on dominant male car culture and the dif­ficulty of carving out a feminine or lesbian space within its over-arching discourse. Friedrich combines footage of a 1983 Oldsmobile Cutlass Cruiser, shared by a lesbian cou­ple, with a voiceover tale of their relationship's history. This questioning of social space and its conventional heterosexual coordinates is best summed up by the weird role-playing ambigu­ity of Prince's 'If I was Your Girlfriend', heard as the penultimate song in Friedrich's textually overripe crypto-icomc dissection of guy-car culture.

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