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Directed by Sophie Calle

United States 1996 76 mins.

Already established as one of Europe’s finest contemporary artists and known for thought-provoking pieces such as Address Book (1983) and The Blind (1986), Sophie Calle decided in 1992 to drive across the US with her partner Gregory Shephard at a time when their relationship was reaching the breaking point. With twin video cameras in hand and recording secret audio diaries at night, the two embark on a trip rife with complication and complexity, exploring gender identity, power, and the limits of personal expression. “We hadn’t been living together for more than a year, but our relationship had worsened to such an extent that we had stopping talking to one another altogether. . . . Our absence of communication gave us the idea of equipping ourselves with separate cameras, making them the sole confidantes of our respective frustrations and secretly telling them all the things we were unable to say to each other. Having established the rules, on January 3, 1992, we left New York in his silver Cadillac and headed for California.”—Sophie Calle.