Lance Tait: American Writer/Director
Mike, a public works engineer, agrees to meet with Leigh-Ann,
now a college student, whom he has not seen for three years.
They go on a hike in the Colorado mountains not far from
where Mike lives at present. Leigh-Ann is the daughter of his
former lover Rita, with whom he lived for three years. During
that time he was in the position of being a father to Leigh-Ann.
Leigh-Ann feels shorted emotionally in regards to what she got
from Mike back then. She confronts Mike but he is not willing to
talk about such matters. Meanwhile, as they hike, mini-scenes
play out in brief vignettes (for example, minor characters enact
"the blind leading the blind"). The trail that Mike and Leigh-Ann
are on becomes increasingly charged with meaning. They are
walking along the Road of Life.
What is real and what is not in this surreal landscape? After an
encounter with a very real rattlesnake which Mike is forced to
shoot with his pistol, they are at the trail’s end. A gorgeous
llama ranch is there. They are met by its owners, a loving
farmer couple who are friends with Mike. Striking for its beauty
and troubling for its shadows of violence, this has been a
bittersweet day for Leigh-Ann.
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