A housewife named Cozy is far from it and fed up with the mundanity in her Floridian life. She falls in with a loser named Lee and the two make like BONNIE AND CLYDE in this quick and dirty indie gem. Kelly Reichardt's directorial debut is overflowing with ideas; it appears the writer/director flushed all the film school style out of her system with this project before charting new territory.
Punctured with moments pure visual quality, especially the extreme close up tracking shots with drum solo. Great use of voice over, the narrators short punchy sentences work perfectly with the montage of home footage and photographic long takes. The tempo of the film is somewhat slow, however this adds to the feel of these two people ultimately going nowhere.
A different side to Kelly Reichardt. Her 'road movie without the road... love story without the love... and crime story without the crime' didn't quite hit me as hard as some of her more recent directorial efforts . But it's okay because Cozy's final actions and the Hal Hartley-esque hilarity elevates it in its own unique way.
Reichardt's debut feature finds a lonely married Florida woman craving escape from the life she finds herself in and after a mishap involving a possible murder takes to the road with a like minded loser. What sets her debut apart from the scores of similar themed films is its' authentic feel, lack of glamour and for that matter lack of a road as their journey halts fairly quickly. Solid debut.
It's a debut with quirky appeal, like a bus stop oddball who tells rambling stories that engage, not because they're interesting but because they're told with unsolicited candor. While I agree it's more of a footnote than a highlight in Reichardt's brilliant filmography, I found myself pondering her choices long after Cozy had driven off the screen.