Always Crashing in the Same Car

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Always Crashing in the Same Car is a British short film of 12 minutes from 2007. An auto accident is an important event in the film, but beyond that I don’t know what “always crashing in the same car” refers to.

The film opens with a meeting in what is evidently some corporate board room. The boss is haranguing his underlings on some generic topic. The minions mostly behave like extras and don’t do or say much, though there’s one in particular that seems to have some longstanding battle of egos going with the boss.

After the meeting, the boss is driving in his car, continuing the dispute with that same underling—the second-in-command I guess—on his car phone when he gets into an accident that could prove to be ruinous to him if the full truth about it comes out.

The underling is the one person who may be able to get the now panicky boss out of trouble, but of course there will be a price to pay, not to mention it will make them both guilty of blatantly illegal and unethical behavior.

It’s a somewhat interesting film, with a bit of a twist at the end. It might have been a little more interesting if the conflict between the two main characters had involved the boss insisting on sticking to some sort of moral standards with the underling representing the temptation to make ethical compromises. Then we could see if the boss is willing to stick to those principles when his own hide is on the line rather than when it’s just some abstract business policy, or whether he will come over to the dark side with the underling after all. But in fact there’s no indication either of these men care about right and wrong, only who gets to humiliate whom.

Still, not bad, and well-acted and highly professional compared to most short films.

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