Red Lights (2004)
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Critic Reviews for Red Lights
Barely makes it into the passing lane. It's stop-and-go all the way.
Puts a tense, deteriorating marriage on a highway-bound collision course with a killer.
Before it turns into a thriller, and goes badly awry, Red Lights paints a devastating little portrait of a marriage on the rocks.
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.
[The plot] is filled with ingenious deceptions and sleight-of-hand trickery.
The most ambiguously compelling romance around.
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.
Here' what you need to know: there's a wussy husband, played wonderfully by Jean-Pierre Darroussin. He's a boozy insurance salesman, with a domineering wife, played with icy brilliance by Carole Bouqet, a lawyer whose success he resents bitterly. They both drive out to Paris to retrieve their children from camp, during which they learn that a criminal has escaped from prison. She leaves the car, and he tries to find her. That's about all you need to know as far as premise, other than Darroussin is amazing and director Cedric Kahn crafts a spellbinding thriller out of Georges Simenon's novel. It's a knockout.
At 1st I wanted to turn the movie off because it seemed to go into an intellectual yet undesirable direction, that the end would be disastrous, as so often European movies are. However, the film does well in using the uneasy music of several sources, mostly Debussy (if I remember the piece correctly) and it does well in executing the story through "showing" rather than "telling", which something instructors tell you in fiction writing classes.
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