Red Lights


Red Lights (2004)


Critic Consensus: Red Lights is a taut, character-driven thriller, set against the debris-strewn battleground of a failing marriage.


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It's a summer holiday weekend in Paris and Antoine and Hélène are on their way to pick up their children at summer camp, thus joining thousands of other vacationers on the highways to the south of France. At first in high spirits, the couple starts sniping at each other during the drive as tensions in their relationship bubble to the surface. Frustrated by the freeway, Antoine takes a byway detour, much to Helene's displeasure, and then leaves her in the car as he stops for a drink. Once they're back on the road, their bickering escalates, with Antoine blaming Hélène for his drinking. Antoine then stops again to continue drinking at another tavern, although this time, Helene warns that she won't be there when he gets back. Still he defies her and goes into the bar, taking the car keys with him. He panics when he leaves the bar and discovers she has left. Believing that she has taken the train, he drives like a madman to the next station, but upon his arrival, the last train is mid-pulling out of the station. Driving away in a state of dread, he picks up a strange hitchhiker--not knowing he might have already crossed the path of his soon-to-be-missing wife.

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Vincent Deniard
as Man on the Run
Charline Paul
as Waitress
Jean-Pierre Gos
as Inspector
Jean-Pierre Gros
as Inspector Levet
Igor Skreblin
as Man Yelling into Phone
Sava Lolov
as Young Doctor
Eric Moreau
as Fighting Nightclub Customer
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Critic Reviews for Red Lights

All Critics (87) | Top Critics (34)

Barely makes it into the passing lane. It's stop-and-go all the way.

Jan 7, 2005 | Rating: 3/5

Puts a tense, deteriorating marriage on a highway-bound collision course with a killer.

Dec 24, 2004 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Before it turns into a thriller, and goes badly awry, Red Lights paints a devastating little portrait of a marriage on the rocks.

Dec 23, 2004 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Thriller/mystery buffs might find the narrative slow; the thriller elements aren't introduced until the movie is nearly half over, and the mystery starts even later. But a dandy payoff will reward those who are patient.

Dec 2, 2004 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

[The plot] is filled with ingenious deceptions and sleight-of-hand trickery.

Oct 29, 2004 | Rating: 3/4

The most ambiguously compelling romance around.

Oct 19, 2004

Audience Reviews for Red Lights

If you like to explore theories, you might wanna take this detour. I can only wish I'd avoided it. An utter disappointment, this friggin' (brilliant, for some; to each, their own) movie completely ruined my mood.

familiar stranger
familiar stranger

Super Reviewer

After watching RL, I checked out some other reviews that mostly described this film as Hitchcockian. Here is the difference: Hitchcock would build tension and suspense throughout the film to the point that you were moved closer to the edge of your seat as the film progressed. One is never quite certain how things will proceed. Kahn creates a film that just filled me with a different sort of tension; annoyance. This is a lot of "build" for very little payoff, and by the time the payoff occurs I was more annoyed at the movie than on the edge of my seat. The constant driving just frustrated me even further. I promised myself I wouldn't forget how painful the first 30 minutes were, no matter how things turned out after that. Indeed, while RL clocks in at 100 minutes it feels more like three hours.

Curt C
Curt C

Super Reviewer

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