Jackie works as a CCTV operator. Each day she watches over a small part of the world, protecting the people living their lives under her gaze. One day a man appears on her monitor, a man she thought she would never see again, a man she never wanted to see again. Now she has no choice, she is compelled to confront him.
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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
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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 »
[seeing Jackie for the first time]
Have we met?
Yeah, I saw you at a cafe.
Right. At a cafe.
[Clyde takes Jackie's hand and they both start to dance]
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I just saw this film in the European Cinema Festival of Sevilla. What took me to see it was the fact that it was shot in Glasgow. Also I had heard that Lars Von Triers had something to do with it. So that made up my mind.
The film involves you, and makes you feel closer and closer to the protagonist. Nevertheles, the spectator does not know the relationship between the protagonist and the man she has discovered through the CCTV. The mystery gets solved as the film goes on, and the tension is well kept throughout the film. This is not (only) a thriller, it is a drama full of realism, with all its crudeness and no false extremes with regards to good ones and evil ones. The interpretations by the actors are truly brilliant. I don't see that "that" sex scene is so crude, I think it is very naturalistic. There are scenes in the film that seem very crude to me, but won't tell in order not to spoil anything. I highly recommend this film!
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