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Red Lights (2004)
"Feux rouges" (original title)

 -  Crime | Drama | Mystery  -  3 March 2004 (France)
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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... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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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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Box Office

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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from "Nocturnes"
Written by Claude Debussy
Performed by Etienne Baudo and L'Orchestre National de l'Opéra Paris
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About Antoine Dunan
14 February 2005 | by (Vienna, Austria) – See all my reviews

After "L'ennui", this was the second Cédric-Kahn-movie I have seen, and I found it great. Kahn proves himself a specialist on ridiculous men lacking self-confidence and absolutely inapt to retain some dignity in a modern world like this.

The thriller plot, as stated by some earlier commentators, may be a little weak, especially as regards the "man on the run" (he is obviously taken directly from the Simenon novel but his character is neither fish nor foul). But this is not what it is all about. The thriller plot is merely an excuse to give a touching and disturbing portrayal of character Antoine (and his marriage).

Let me answer to two of the "plot holes" discovered by two other commentators: Antoine's drinking does make sense; he drinks because of frustration and a minority complex for not feeling man enough in the presence of his successful wife. His drinking is a childish act of defiance, he is not a sensible grown-up, not a man (as he keeps repeating himself). And of course, he doesn't recall all these telephone numbers from his memory; as indicated with one of the first calls, he calls directory inquiries and has himself connected to the respective partner each time (remember, there is cuts between the various calls).

Red Lights is a brilliant character study concealed as a masterpiece of suspense. Darroussin gives a touching performance in his role as hero and anti-hero at the same time. He is not particularly likable but still makes us feel sorry for him.

The ending, which I am not going to reveal here, is stirring in a very subtle way because above all it raises the question how it is all going to go on.

I like stories in which weird things happen out of character logic. This is a particular successful one.


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