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Whilst working as a CCTV operator in Glasgow's working-class Red Road estate, Jackie sees a face from the past, a face that she thought would no longer haunt her dreams. Keeping her distance, and with the use of her CCTV cameras, she follows the face and the man and she finally decides to confront him. It is here that past lives are once again entwined and reconciliations are aired. Written by
Red Road is the first of three films made at the behest of The Advance Party, a Danish project inspired by Lars von Trier, who challenged Arnold and two other new directors to create films with the same group of characters. See more »
The video screens in the surveillance centre do not show the date and time, which would severely limit their usefulness as filmed evidence in real life. The date and time have clearly been disabled to avoid continuity errors in filming. The 'shadow' of the numbers is however visible. See more »
Do you know what I wonder about you?
How your cunt taste like.
[looking at Clyde blankly, not being surprised at all]
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Having read previous comments about this movie I went into this with high expectations but found myself sorely disappointed.
The movie has a few good points: well acted by all involved, directed in a very deliberate style that helps the overall feel of the film, the locale lends a gritty atmosphere that complements the characters involved.
However the bad points are stronger than the good: the supposed twist is obvious from quite away out. The voyeuristic nature of the film keeps the characters too far away that when we should be caring about them we find ourselves looking for more extreme things to happen just to make things slightly more interesting. The sex involved feels exploitive as it it doesn't seem logical with the characters motivation, although this is resolved soon after.
Ultimately the movie is unsatisfying, although an interesting curiosity that many may enjoy.
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