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Red Lights [DVD] [1900] [Multilingual] [Region 1]

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  • DVD
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • Starring French cinema legends Carole Bouquet (THAT OBSCURE OBJECT OF DESIRE) and Jean-Pierre Darroussin (UN AIR DE FAMILLE), director Cedric Kahn's thriller, based on a novel by Georges Simenon, features dry humor and Hitchcockian suspense. The relationship between Antoine (Darroussin) and Helene (Bouquet) is deteriorating. Helene spends more time at work, Antoine drinks, and the two act like mere acquaintances, not lovers. When Antoine stops at a bar and Helene threatens to continue without him, a fight erupts between them. Angry and drunk, Antoine insists on staying in the bar, but when he emerges he finds the car empty, save for a note saying that Helene has left for the train. In a drunken stupor, Antoine attempts to follow his wife's trail, joined by a mysterious and dangerous hitchhiker, without realizing that the obvious way to find her has been in front of him the entire time.

    Bouquet and Darroussin play off each other beautifully. Darroussin convincingly plays a man who has lost himself. And Bouquet is strong as a wife who has placed her husband at the bottom of her priority list. That a tragedy is the one thing that can help them repair their fractured marriage feels palpably realistic. At its heart, RED LIGHTS is an exploration of intimacy, love, and what it takes to build a successful relationship, but the film also provides satisfying humorous chills and nice dose of suspense.
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): FLV5451

  • Credits
    Jean-Pierre Darroussin, Carole Bouquet, Vincent Deniard, Carline Paul, Jean-Pierre Gos
  • Critic Reviews
    "Kahn brilliantly evokes an inner landscape of paranoia, where words and visual signs are charged with secret meaning."
    Film Comment

    "[B]rilliant, sinister....With a central character who at his most comically disoriented suggests Jacques Tati, RED LIGHTS also owes much to Alfred Hitchcock's gallows humor. But it is completely its own movie."
    New York Times

    "[A] taut, atmospheric, impeccably made psychological thriller..."
    Los Angeles Times

    "This is claustrophobic and subtly chilling..."

    "RED LIGHTS is a masterly thriller."
    Sight and Sound

    "[A] darkly comic spellbinder that pins you to your seat."
    Rolling Stone

    "It's easy to see why RED LIGHTS has become a sleeper hit: It evokes the spirit of Hitchcock and Highsmith..."
    Entertainment Weekly

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