Clementine Amouroux, Catherine Retore,
Two young women hit Switzerland’s not-so-wide-open roads in Tanner’s fittingly claustrophobic road movie, a deeply pessimistic vision of social restriction that’s more proto–riot grrrl than pre–Thelma and Louise in its—and its heroines’—fierceness. A college student and a shopgirl decide to start hitchhiking, and never stop, with a hard life on the run better than whatever life they’re escaping from. Postcard Switzerland, however, soon turns into an inescapable maze. Inspired by a true-crime story and taken over from French director Maurice Pialat, Messidor is no uplifting paean to freedom, but a testament to the grueling relentlessness of having everywhere to go, but nowhere to stay.