Highway Confessions

In this documentary we witness the world of people on the road, looking for love, comfort, and happiness. But they’re looking in places where you least expect it: small concrete buildings on the... More...

Documentary - Human Interest & Society , Travel & Adventure

52'

In this documentary we witness the world of people on the road, looking for love, comfort, and happiness. But they’re looking in places where you least expect it: small concrete buildings on the tarmac.

The German highway system harbors surprising sanctuaries: highways chapels, wedged between gas stations and fast-food restaurants. While traditional churches continue to see their membership shrinking at alarming rates, these small chapels provide spiritual freedom, intimacy, and a willing ear to over two million visitors each year. Many write down all manner of things in 'wish books'. Some offer a thank you for a hard-won football game or fantastic sex. Others pour out their hearts and write about their deepest fears and desires as if it were their own diary.

Among the diverse mix of visitors, we meet a nihilistic truck driver whose hooligan nickname is tattooed on his knuckles, a woman who takes care of her terminally ill husband until the very end, a faithful concierge who longs for appreciation and finds support in what other visitors write down, and a woman wrestling with a forbidden love, afraid to confess to it anywhere but in the chapel. A constant presence are two cleaning ladies, who keep everything tidy while offering snickering commentary on the handwritten messages. All come and go, through trials and tribulations. Looking for love, recognition, a touch of humanity.

Just as a highway chapel takes the unsuspecting driver by surprise, this mosaic documentary draws you into unexpectedly intimate stories about loss, lust, and love. In a tender way, it captures the confrontation between the daily grind and our secret fears and passions.

 

Documentary
Elsbeth Fraanje
2017
Tangerine Tree
52'
 
 
 
 

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