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European independent film that opens with extremely long driving scene

Hi everyone, this is a real long shot because I don't think this is a well known movie. I believe it's French, and I know the director is male, and relatively young-- it may have been his first feature, but I'm believe he went on to make a higher budget film after this. The movie has quite a simple title and I believe it was made somewhere around 2005-2010. I suppose you would call it a minimalist horror movie.

The movie opens with an extraordinarily long driving sequence, showing the outside of a car as it drives in forested/mountainous roads as the sun sets, so the main things you see are the car's lights and the shapes of trees and the road. There is no voiceover but I think there is a kind of ambient, almost droning soundtrack. These scenes go on for what I want to say is 20 or so minutes-- at any rate, far far longer than the conventional demands of narrative would require. It's very beautifully shot but whether because it's hypnotic or so dark, it's quite unsettling. I know that it turns out the driver is a murderer, but I'm going crazy because I can't remember what happens after this, except I believe the driver stops and goes to a bar-- maybe I was literally hypnotised by this point. I know this isn't much to go off but the opening driving sequence is so unusual I'm hoping it's stuck in someone's mind. Thanks so much in advance.
asked Sep 8, 2015 in Name That Movie by beak (6 points)
edited Sep 8, 2015 by beak

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Against all odds I found it by trawling with a very wide net on IMDB-- turns out I was way off about the year, it was made in 1998.

The film is Somber by Philippe Grandrieux
answered Sep 8, 2015 by beak (6 points)