Filmfest 2008

When David Owen moves to New York, he likes everything about the city except the noise. Indeed, at first, even noise seems to him the throb of urban vitality which makes New York so exciting. Yet gradually this incessant and "unnecessary" din begins to drive him crazy. It is not only the recurring intrusions into his thoughts, the distraction from the task at hand, though these are bad enough; worse is the daily recognition that he can do nothing about it. It comes to seem that the message behind noise, indeed perhaps its chief purpose, is to remind him that he is powerless. And he finds this intolerable. So David begins to take arms. He quietly vandalizes cars whose alarms are going off: lets the air out of a tire, leaves a note on the windshield. This, naturally, has no effect, so he goes further: "keys" the paint job, cracks a taillight. Eventually he is caught in the act, arrested, spends a night in jail. His wife, shocked to learn what he has been doing, worries that it is irrational behavior. David understands her concern, perhaps even shares it, and promises to stop. But he can't ...

tags: Feature film

Cast: Tim Robbins, Bridget Moynahan, William Hurt, Margarita Levieva


Director: Henry Bean