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Guillaume, a ride-share driver in San Francisco, is homesick: as he explains to his passengers, he cannot return to France, his home country, because he has realized he is afraid of flying. Amy, a young woman experiencing a quarter-life crisis, begins an affair with Guillaume after her personal life deteriorates. Soon, her boyfriend Mike develops a quarter-life crisis of his own.

  • Derek DeRoche
  • Derek DeRoche
  • Bolaji Tijani-Qudus
  • Derek DeRoche
  • Édouard Négiar
    Key Cast
  • LiHe Han
    Key Cast
  • Skyler Schain
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
  • Genres:
    Comedy, Dark Comedy, Comedy/Drama, Arthouse, Romance, Satire
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 34 minutes 35 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    November 10, 2018
  • Production Budget:
    25,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Private San Francisco screening
    San Francisco
    United States
    March 4, 2019
Distribution Information
  • Global Genesis Group
    Country: United States
    Rights: Video on Demand
Director Biography - Derek DeRoche

Derek DeRoche is an independent filmmaker from the San Francisco Bay Area. His debut feature film, "Chauffeur," an arthouse comedy/drama that he wrote, directed, and edited, is being released in 2019 by Global Genesis Group. He has written and directed his own award-winning narrative short films, as well as working in various roles on other projects, in the San Francisco filmmaking collective Scary Cow Productions.

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Director Statement

Chauffeur is an arthouse film that explores desire, work, identity, and millennial life with a combination of cringe comedy, absurdism, and minimalism.

The film's style and production methods––long takes, static shots, nonprofessional actors––come from decisions based partly on aesthetics, partly on the necessity for ease and convenience, and partly on an aesthetic OF ease and convenience, as a search for alternatives to the worst tendencies of the film industry––long work hours, rigid hierarchies, stifling commitment to specialized skills, unsustainable use of resources. As such, it is a low-budget film that doesn't merely try to appear high-budget, but that seeks to explore the possibilities opened up by constraints of budget, schedule, and experience.