One night, a young man insists on repairing the dangerously unstable pushcart of a tough aging woman who wanders the outskirts of New York in search of dumped bottles and cans.
FLAT TIRE is a simple quiet story of three people trying to get by. One of them, the only man in the story, tries to be heroic to no avail. The story is told from a distance, no sentimentality, and no judgement, using the simplest metaphors possible.
The reading depends on the viewer’s attitude and preoccupations. If you see it as a commentary on the Parable of the Good Samaritan, you’ll remember those elements. Someone else might see it from the social angle, or as an absurd story. At the most basic level FLAT TIRE reveals how a young man betrays his insecurity by constructing himself in a dramatic fashion as the man-of-action hero.
When Dylan and his girlfriend Desirée willfully miss his mother’s poetry reading, Diane reads a soon-to-be self-published poem called ‘Gypsy Bitch’ scorning Desirée, leading to a paranormal ‘girlfriend-meets-mom’ scenario.