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Red Lights (2004)

Feux rouges (original title)
Unrated | | Crime, Drama, Mystery | 3 March 2004 (France)
Antoine and Helene drive to South France to return their kids from a holiday camp. The traffic is dense and the atmosphere growingly tense; he is an alcoholic and becomes increasingly drunk... See full summary »

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Antoine
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Hélène
Vincent Deniard ...
L'homme en cavale / Man on the Run
Alain Dion ...
Le collègue de bureau
Olivier Fornara ...
Le serveur de la brasserie
Damien Givelet ...
Le présentateur des actualités (on tv)
Philippe Ivancic ...
Le serveur quartier Antoine
Candide Joseph ...
La femme accidentée
Brigitte Pain ...
La serveuse du bar routier
Igor Skreblin ...
Le Croate au téléphone / Man Yelling into Phone
Fabrice Robert ...
Le barman du Nirvana
Micky Finn ...
Le Rocker Irlandais / Irish Rock Musician
Moussa Boucetta ...
L'employé gare de Tours
Thomas Germaine ...
Le gendarme du 1er barrage
Patrick Servoin ...
Le chef de Gare de Ste Maure
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Antoine and Helene drive to South France to return their kids from a holiday camp. The traffic is dense and the atmosphere growingly tense; he is an alcoholic and becomes increasingly drunk the more often they stop. After a fierce discussion they split and both have to face great danger during the night. Written by Moritz Muehlenhoff <jmm@inutil.org>

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Always keep your eyes on the road


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Opening Weekend:

$3,202 (USA) (20 August 2004)

Gross:

$49,251 (USA) (10 August 2012)
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At the beginning of the movie, the main characters meet at a cafe in the late afternoon. They then go home and get ready to travel to Bordeaux to pick up their kids. On the trip to Bordeaux, they are stuck in heavy traffic. Although it is now early evening, the vertical shadows cast by the cars indicate that the traffic scenes were shot at mid-day. See more »

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Featured in The 20th IFP Independent Spirit Awards (2005) See more »

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Für Alina
Written by Arvo Pärt
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One for the road!
18 September 2004 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

This film, in my humble opinion, has been misunderstood by the public, judging by the comments I've heard about it.

First of all, the director Cedric Kahn is one of France's most interesting figures to come out in the last years. He knows what he is doing, and what's more, he's being naughty in the way he presents his story that makes us see it one way, but is it what we are seeing real? The adaptation by M. Kahn and Laurence Ferreira Barbosa takes the Georges Simenon story from America to France.

The most interesting thing about Antoine is that he is an ordinary man. He is married to a Helene, who is a more successful person; Helene is a lawyer who must make a lot of money, much more than Antoine. As a couple, we can't see them together at all. Antoine is a man who is not handsome. Helene, on the other hand is a beautiful woman, and we wonder what brought them together in the first place? We witness Antoine going to the bathroom where he ogles his own wife in the shower. It appears their sexual life has ended long before we meet them.

Antoine has a drinking problem. On the trip to pick up their children they encounter heavy traffic. As they take a detour from the main highway, their troubles start. We see the passing "red lights" of the different bars beckoning Antoine to stop and have another beer, or a beer with a chaser. To make things worse, they hear on the radio about the escapee from the Le Mans prison, near to where they are traveling. We see the roadblocks and the erratic way in which Antoine begins to drive.

After one pit stop, Helene disappears. She has decided to take the train and leaves him a note. Antoine goes to the station, but he is late. Thus begins what will be a long night adventure along rural, nocturnal France.

Without giving away what happens, we watch Antoine waking up. Antoine's car is in a ditch and he must fix the tire if he wants to go to get the children. This awakening seems to me, the turning point of the story. Are we sure what we saw after Helene's disappearance and what happened in the road to Antoine with a stranger really occur? Mr. Kahn is playing with us. There are a lot of clues, but as detectives, the director is asking us to stay attentive to what is really going on, or isn't.

The film belongs to Jean Pierre Darroussin. He is an actor whose own appearance makes us not care for the man we see on the screen. On the other hand, M. Darrousin knows who this Antoine is and what makes him tick. His performance is subtle, yet he carries the film in a way no one would expect from a not well known star.

Carole Bouquet is a bourgeois woman who seems to be living in the wrong marriage. In contrast with her husband, she is in control of her life; she appears, at least on the surface, not to care about Antoine, but she has stayed married for a while. We know that Helene cares for Antoine at the end of the film when the two meet at the hospital.

This film shows Cedric Kahn as a director to be reckoned with.


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