SynopsisThe film follows a man through the post apocalyptic environment of the housing crisis in the Mojave Desert. His job is to exterminate unwanted pests from the pools of foreclosed homes.
On the road through this isolated region, he reflects on alternative ways of living and finds himself in his own solitude. X drives through the wasteland of California: the wreckage of the housing crisis. His job is to exterminate unwanted pests from the pools of foreclosed homes. On the road through this isolated region, he realizes that the landscape he is passing through looks so familiar to him because it is him: emptiness, loss, and isolation. Trying to repress his sadness, he drives on aimlessly, but all roads eventually lead somewhere. The saving grace of this post-apocalyptic landscape is the clear message it transmits to X. The hunt cannot go on forever. All things must pass.
CALIFORNIA CITY fluidly crosses the borders between fiction, documentary and essay.
The form reflects the narrator’s state of mind through feature film elements and an impressionistic use of images, photos and narration.