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Red Lights ( Feux rouges ) [DVD]

Jean-Pierre Darroussin , Carole Bouquet , Cédric Kahn    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Jean-Pierre Darroussin, Carole Bouquet, Vincent Deniard, Alain Dion, Olivier Fornara
  • Directors: Cédric Kahn
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: AV Channel
  • DVD Release Date: 7 Dec 2005
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000CIXFWU
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 217,089 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Australia released, PAL/Region 0 DVD: LANGUAGES: French ( Dolby Digital 5.1 ), English ( Subtitles ), ANAMORPHIC WIDESCREEN (1.85:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Cast/Crew Interview(s), Interactive Menu, Trailer(s), SYNOPSIS: This brilliant, sinister French thriller is a twisty road movie in which every sign points toward catastrophe. As night falls during the journey of an unhappily married couple from Paris to Bordeaux, the clogged highway takes them into descending levels of psychosexual hell. Jean-Pierre Darroussin's Antoine is a mousy, balding insurance salesman who hates his job, and resents his more successful wife, a sleek corporate lawyer. The movie is a study of male passive-aggression that comes up with a malicious Hemingway-esque solution to Antoine's masculinity crisis. When his wife, fed up with his drinking on the road, deserts him to take the train, he picks up a hitchhiker he knows might be a dangerous escaped convict, and courts the redemptive (and grisly) male rite of passage he's been seeking. Following Jean-Luc Godard's "Weekend" and Claire Denis's "Friday Night," "Red Lights" uses the traffic jam as a potent screen metaphor for something bigger. SCREENED/AWARDED AT: Berlin International Film Festival, ...Red Lights ( Feux rouges )

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Red Lights 8 April 2009
By MarkusG
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Very tight thriller about a couple driving to meet their children at summer camp. Actually, more than that shouldn't be said about the plot as it can spoil the viewing. Very suspenseful and captivating all the way through. The camera work and acting is excellent. Not exactly a realist movie, but rather a psychological drama based on a book by Georges Simenon. Recommended, if you like an intelligent and not too predictable suspense movie!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Superb acting in complex mid life crisis drama. 12 Jan 2006
By Amazon Customer TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
Darroussin is totally committed to the extremely difficult role of Antoine, in the midst of a suppressed mid life crisis that erupts out of control as he and his wife Helene (Bouquet) drive to the south of France to collect their children from a holiday camp.
Darroussin is on screen for virtually the entire movie, and for over half the film Antoine’s problems are unspoken and have to be acted more or less silently, by superb acting Darroussin achieves this as far as is possible, but there is no doubt it is a scenario that cannot fully succeed as a film, it requires the printed page to delve right inside of the characters mind. However in the second half there is a number of twists and dramatic turns building up tension to a conclusion that I found a little unconvincing, a resolution that what would have happened over a period of months, not immediately as written.
The photography is beautifully clean and sharp, and using Debussy’s “Nuage” as background music was an inspiration.
The DVD contains very long interviews with both Darroussin and Bouquet, both of whom are incredibly articulate and intelligent actors, these interviews are a highlight in themselves.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The road to Hell 5 May 2006
By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAME TOP 100 REVIEWER
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Jean-Pierre Darrousin may well be the best actor working in France today, and he's at the top of his game in a rare lead in Cedric Kahn's satisfying Simenon thriller Red Lights/Feux Rouges. Just as well, because he needs to be to sell the idea that he's been married to Carole Bouquet for 12 years (he's a great actor, but no Brad Pitt). With its sinister opening overhead shots of ant-like silhouettes wandering over modern architecture, its shots of an equally unreal freeway populated only by gliding vehicles and its use of a Claude Debussy composition that was clearly an inspiration on Bernard Herrmann's scores, it creates an atmosphere of almost disembodied isolation that's the perfect setting for its potentially hackneyed drama of an arguing husband and wife who are separated after taking an unwise detour on the very night a homicidal convict has escaped from a nearby prison. There are contrivances, but they're at least logical ones, and the film doesn't always head off in the directions you expect it to. But even when it does, it's the execution and the performances which raise the bar here. Neither a masterpiece nor a potential classic, its nonetheless a very welcome and gratifyingly well-crafted road trip.

Extras include a trio of in-depth interviews with director and stars, as well as the theatrical trailer.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Red Lights review 25 Oct 2005
By A Customer
Format:DVD
A really creepy film, very good at subtle creation of suspense throughout. Short on dialogue and heavy with atmosphere, which works. Very French... subtitles don't inhibit anything. Worth seeing.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fails to build on promising foundation 29 May 2009
Format:DVD
It's remarkable how few of the many adaptations of Georges Simenon novels have made good films. The Man who Watched Trains Go By from 1952 is a particular instance, all the more regrettable since the novel is a near masterpiece.

This version of Simenon's Feux Rouges on the whole fails to break the trend. Director Cedric Kahn, who jointly wrote the screenplay, tries hard to set the thriller aspects of the story on a firm character foundation. He succeeds in respect of Antoine, the main character, whose lack of self-confidence with respect to his high-flying wife manifests itself on this Friday night in a need to assert himself through drunken aggression. But Carole Bouquet's wife is never developed beyond a sketchy outline, and her eventual story therefore struggles to move the viewer. Given that the ending of the film seems to me to be rushed and unsatisfactory, we are left with something that falls uneasily between disappearing character + slasher movie and a psychological drama.

But there are things to admire in the direction. The normality of Paris life at the start contrasts nicely with the descent into frustration and fear that follows. There are effective scenes on the road (all apparently filmed in the studio), on the telephone and in roadside bars, and the unnaturally deserted hospital makes an unsettling concluding venue. The scarcity of music makes it the more effective when it is employed. J-P Darroussin is very good as Antoine, though C Bouquet has regrettably little to do.

But ultimately the picture is disappointing in that the slow build-up of tension leads nowhere very much, and I would question whether most viewers would care over much about the fate of the two protagonists.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
By C. O. DeRiemer HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
Antoine Dunan (Jean-Pierre Darroussin), a middling successful insurance salesman who works out of an office cube next to dozens of others, and his wife, Helene (Carole Bouquet), a successful corporate lawyer, are going to drive south from Paris to pick up their two kids from summer camp. Dunan is unhappy with his life, resents his wife's success, feels he is less than a man. As he says later, "I got sick of playing the good little doggy." He sneaks a couple of whiskeys before they leave, then sneaks a couple more along the way. It doesn't help when the radio reports a couple of car accidents on the highway and the escape of a criminal from a prison in the area. The atmosphere in the car gets chillier and chillier. He and his wife start to bicker. Dunan stops again, and his wife tells him that if he goes into the bar, she's going to drive on by herself to where the children are. He takes the keys and goes into the bar. When he returns, she is gone. A note says that she's taking the train. When he drives to the train station, however, there is no trace of her. What follows is Dunan's increasingly drunken and self-pitying search for his wife, this time with a passenger, a young silent hitch-hiker he has picked up.

I liked this movie a lot. It's a suspense thriller that slowly builds up quite a bit of tension. Only once or twice does explicit violence happen, and it's not too startling when it does. What Kahn accomplishes is to take our expectations that something awful is going to occur and then string us along while the dread builds. There are sequences on the highway at night, sometimes involving long stretches of emptiness, other times involving traffic and police checkpoints, photographed from the driver's position looking forward, that would have made Hitchcock proud.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb
If you have looked at a synopsis of Red Lights, I would not be giving anything away by saying that Antointe has a drink en route to the South of France. Read more
Published 29 days ago by andy
4.0 out of 5 stars an examination of a marriage gone badly wrong, the disintegration of...
well worth watching for the portrayal of a husband gradually 'fermenting' extreme disquiet at his clever, successful professional wife's apparent lack of recognition of his needs... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Judith Matthews
2.0 out of 5 stars Endlessly teasing, but we get cul de sacs instead of denouements.
The "special Features" bonus segment gives the director the floor and enough rope to hang himself. His monologue is rambling, unenlightening, somewhat incoherent and replete with... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Ronald Haak
3.0 out of 5 stars Worthy of Comparison to Hitchcock, Worth a Look to Simenon Fans
"Red Lights," (Feux rouges), (2004) is a full-color, 105 minute French film, a crime drama/mystery/thriller, based on a standalone novel by Georges Simenon. Read more
Published on 21 Oct 2011 by Stephanie De Pue
1.0 out of 5 stars Dead loss
This was the film that made me realise that the French were capable of some absolute stinkers. Billed as a thriller, I lost interest when I started to count up the number of drinks... Read more
Published on 26 Jan 2010 by Ian Thumwood
4.0 out of 5 stars Move Over Rover
A dangerous prisoner escapes and crosses the path of our hen pecked fella as he is having one to many on his way to pick up the kids with the missus. Read more
Published on 9 Dec 2009 by Papa Stinker
4.0 out of 5 stars Surprising film full of tension
I thought it was going to be a film about marital tensions, but it turned out to be a film full of another sort of tension: an edge-of-the seat kind where one has the feeling that... Read more
Published on 23 Oct 2008 by Bluebell
2.0 out of 5 stars Road Kill
If I wanted to watch 2 hours of road ahead of a car then I'd get out and drive somewhere nice instead.. A particularly tedious effort.. Read more
Published on 5 Jun 2006 by Sexy Greek
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