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Red Road (2006)

Not Rated | | Drama, Mystery, Thriller | 27 October 2006 (UK)
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.

Director:

Andrea Arnold

Writers:

Andrea Arnold, Lone Scherfig (characters) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kate Dickie ... Jackie
Tony Curran ... Clyde
Martin Compston ... Stevie
Natalie Press ... April
Paul Higgins ... Avery
Andrew Armour Andrew Armour ... Alfred
Carolyn Calder Carolyn Calder ... Cleaner
John Comerford John Comerford ... Man With Dog
Jessica Angus Jessica Angus ... Bronwyn
Martin McCardie Martin McCardie ... Angus
Martin O'Neill Martin O'Neill ... Frank
Cora Bisset Cora Bisset ... Jo
Charles Brown Charles Brown ... Broomfield Barman
Annie Bain Annie Bain ... Aunt Kath
Frances Kelly Frances Kelly ... Woman in Denim Skirt
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Storyline

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 Cinema_Fan

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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

Follow the scene around 1 hour 40. The couple enters the flat and turns on the light and by a miracle the lava-lamp in the window post is warm! And in the next three camera shots the lava in the lamp changes positions in a way and a tempo that is not possible. See more »

Quotes

Clyde: Do you know what I wonder about you?
Jackie: What?
Clyde: How your cunt taste like.
Jackie: [looking at Clyde blankly, not being surprised at all]
Clyde: Shocked?
Jackie: [blankly] Not really.
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Connections

Followed by Donkeys (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

The Vanishing American Family
Performed by Scuba Z
(Cook, Hall)
Copyright Control
(p) 1970 The copyright in this sound recording is owned by Odd Records Ltd.
Under exclusive license to Sanctuary Records Group Ltd.
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Dystopia on the Clyde
26 February 2007 | by Camera-ObscuraSee all my reviews

Produced in collaboration with Lars von Trier's production house Zentropa and based on characters created by Lone Scherfig and Anders Thomas Jensen, this debut feature by Oscar-winning Andrea Arnold is the first British feature filmed under the rigid Dogma-principles. I guess I'll never become a big fan of Dogma-style film-making, but I must admit, this was a well-structured and ultimately intriguing piece of film-making, if you can make it to the final half hour, when part of the story is resolved and some sorely needed background information is given.

We meet a woman (Kate Dickie) who works as a CCTV operator, obsessively observing the residents in a run-down housing estate in Glasgow. She seems obsessed by her work, compensating for her non-existent social life. Most of the story revolves around a dire housing estate, a huge 25-floor tower, on Red Road, from which the film got its title. On day, when she zooms in on a man having some back-alley sex with a young woman, she recognizes him and starts tracking his every move on camera, but in real life as well, even insinuating herself into his life, going to his apartment and even attending a party he's giving. Obviously, she has some shared experience from the past with this man. At first, it seems an ex-husband/boyfriend, but soon it becomes obvious he doesn't know her, apart from a vague recollection, "haven't I seen you somewhere before?" Who is he and foremost, what on earth could this woman possibly want from him? The film keeps you guessing till the very end. Perhaps a bit too long. For almost 90 minutes you keep wondering why the hell she goes through all this trouble meeting this mysterious fellow. Till then we're fishing in the dark.

The film is greatly bolstered by two extremely convincing performances. Kate Dickie commits herself to this role with such vigour, her every move comes off completely believable, despite her motivations are hard to understand, while Tony Curran's performance ranges from very frightening to even touching at times. It's interesting enough to keep watching, but only just, till the end, when the elements fall in place. The prominence of CCTV surveillance in the film and how far it has penetrated Britons everyday lives (and increasingly in other parts of the world as well), is quite revealing and disturbing as well. Since a large part of the film consists of CCTV-images and is strained by Dogma-rules in the first place, the images are not always pleasing for the eye. But some beautifully shot night scenes around Red Road-estate and the two powerhouse performances by the leads largely make up for some shortcomings in the film's narrative.

Camera Obscura --- 7/10


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Official Sites:

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Country:

UK | Denmark

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 October 2006 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$17,009, 15 April 2007

Gross USA:

$154,892

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,128,345
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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