María Cañas | Juan Francisco Romero

This is a road movie that, via scratch, takes us to the orthopaedic world of the human mind. This piece consists of a visual travelling through a series of images, data, sounds, quotes… which, despite seemingly arbitrary, construct an intriguing foray into the human psychology.

The video is made using a technique called scratch, by which images are manipulated, cut and pasted, sequences are put together with fragments of archive material, of film scenes, the mass media… Amidst what seems like a narrative disorder, we discern glimpses of the human mind. This happens through juxtapositions of animated fragments with a voice-over that has been put together with slices of arguments, questions and whispers.

Some of the images seem to be repeated, wanting to take us in a specific direction, as if we were inside a moving car, with ghost signs that invite us deeper into the lost road of our psyches. At the same time, the voice-over speaks about psychological problems, mental tribulations, heartbreaks, doubts and confessions. Passion is confused with jealousy, depression with fear, and the shadows of the day take hold of our dreams.

Cañas and Romero construct in this manner a moving piece, which takes us deeper into the lights and shadows of psychology. They do this without making any references to psychoanalytic myths and by using conversations of pulp film, about the neuroses of strange characters in films that we will never know, but who help us understand the complexities of human beings. The authors manage, by bombarding us with disjointed images, to describe a mental trip without destiny but, nevertheless, loaded with information.

Technical datasheet

  • Title: Driver
  • Direction: María Cañas - Juan Francisco Romero
  • Production: María Cañas, Juan Romero, Junta de Andalucía e Injuve. 2002.
  • Team:

    Llicència: creative commons Attribution-Noncommercial 3.0

  • Duration: 00:08:04
  • Languages: Spanish
  • Original format: Mini DV
  • Formats: Betacam Digital - DVD
  • TV systems: PAL
  • License: Creative Commons