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Red Road [Blu-ray] [2006]

Kate Dickie , Natalie Press , Andrea Arnold    Suitable for 18 years and over   Blu-ray
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Kate Dickie, Natalie Press, Tony Curran, Martin Compston
  • Directors: Andrea Arnold
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Verve Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: 25 Jan 2010
  • Run Time: 110 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002T5QMJW
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 65,464 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

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.


It’s brave, confident, film making…incredibly bold and distinctly promising (5 stars - Film Of The Week) -- Time Out

‘A work of extraordinary tension….this is the work of a potent new film-maker of world class’ (4 stars) -- Evening Standard (4 stars)

‘Andrea Arnold’s superb debut...the best made film in Britain this year’(5 stars) -- The Independent

‘Gripping drama the strongest film at this years Cannes Film Festival’(4 stars) -- Heat

‘Riveting revenge drama is this week’s must-see movie’(4 'dogs') -- The Sun

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48 of 50 people found the following review helpful
By Jaybird
but this film does.

Red Road is the story of Jackie, played by the extraordinary Kate Dickie in a restrained and sensitive performance, which is all the more powerful for its understatement.

Jackie is a lonely CCTV operator, watching over the streets of Glasgow like a guardian angel, trying to stop people coming to harm. She comes to know some of her "regulars" by their habits, although they don't know her, or the affection that she feels for them.

Outside of work, her relations with real, flesh and blood people, appear less successful. She rarely goes out and is having an affair with a married man that is distant, cold and demonstrative only of how badly Jackie feels about herself.

One day Jackie sees someone from her past on camera, someone she cannot forget, so she starts to watch him.

This is a quiet film, keenly observed and deeply felt; an extremely rewarding watch.

Red Road is part of a collaborative series of films, organised by Lars von Trier, whereby each of the film makers involved agreed to be constrained by a set of rules, one of which was that all the films in the collaboration should share a cast and that therefore all the casting for all the films had to be done at the same time and collaboratively between the teams.

Despite this, none of the actors appear miscast, all of them give finely nuanced performances. The only way that the audience could possibly tell the method of casting is that there seems to be an intimacy between the cast that perhaps points to a longer term involvement than is often seen.

That intimacy is supported by the nature of the film, its themes of love and loss, pain and comfort.

Completely wonderful.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Red Road is a Scottish film 8 May 2009
By MisterHobgoblin TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Red Road is a Scottish film. Revel in those words - they don't follow one another in that sequence very often. And even less often to describe a film of this quality.

Jackie sits in a bubble, surrounded by CCTV screens. She has a control panel and a joystick which she can use to move the cameras and zoom in. She has a telephone to call for help or advice; to summon police; to seek information which is instantly forthcoming. But this is a silent existence. Jackie watches people's lives, but never interacts with them. And Jackie's bubble is next to another bubble, which is in a corridor full of bubbles, each full of CCTV screens and the lone, godlike watcher. Half of Glasgow is under surveillance.

Jackie is a very cold, unemotional character. Occasionally she smiles, and each smile is as rare and beautiful as a pearl. Jackie seems to have no friends, a lover with whom she shares no love, and a family that is a nuisance rather than a comfort.

Then Jackie picks up Clyde on one of her cameras - the man clearly means something to her, but still she seems devoid of any real emotion. She is as warm, as animated as a corpse. Yet as the intrigue builds, Jackie starts to stalk Clyde. Piece by piece, the nature of the relationship is revealed. But not before many false conclusions have been reached. Red Road constantly surprises - not with shock moments or with shrieks - if anything, the constantly subdued sound and behaviour is the shock - but the surprises are the constant re-evaluations of the people. They never react as you might expect, they defy categorization.

This is a magnificent film. The drama and dialogue is understated. The camera angles show a rough side of Glasgow, but one which expresses so much. Never has it been so true that a picture can convey 1000 words. And the composure of the two lead actors is brilliant. They both have such presence, despite having so few lines.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing film 2 July 2007
A very cleverly constructed film. As other reviewers have mentioned, it takes a while to get going. The director plays with our perceptions of what is happening and about 2/3 of the way through the whole tone of the film appears to change, when we realise that things might not be quite as simple as they appeared. Whilst trying not to spoil the plot, this means that the viewer might see events in the film in a new light. Some of the sex scenes are quite explicit. These can also be seen in a different context when all is revealed towards the end of the film.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
This is an exceptionally powerful movie. As other reviewers have pointed out, it does take a while to get going, but this adds to the intrigue and provides time for character development. The film is set against the bleak backdrop of Glasgow tenament blocks and these provide a fitting background to Jacqui, a CCTV operator's despair, emotional turmoil and loneliness. The clues to her motivation are revealed in a well-timed fashion, and the ending provides a credible closure. Its hard to say too much without ruining the story - suffice to say, the film deals with the problems of isolation, the search for justice whilst still managing to pick out moments of beauty that are inherent in even the most barren of urban landscapes. The lead actors are extremely strong and the end poignant (particularly the closing scene I thought). Stick with it at the beginning, its well worth it, though you should be prepared for some fairly graphic scenes (sexual / force).
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars True Grit 9 May 2008
A fantastic film that had myself and a group of friends guessing throughout and lots of food for thought afterwards. The quality of the acting was superb as was the pace. We had watched Sherrybaby the week before that attempted at raw emotion, this supersedes anything I've seen for a long time and makes the attempts coming out of Hollywood look rather limp and pathetic.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great film
Published 1 month ago by samuel burton
4.0 out of 5 stars excellent film
really enjoyed this film, first saw it on tv few years ago and for this price had to add it to my dvd collection
Published 8 months ago by afc83
5.0 out of 5 stars It's grim in Glasgow!
It's a pretty disturbing story set in one of Glasgow's less attractive areas but it's really well acted and the story grips you. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Ailsa M. Hollinshead
3.0 out of 5 stars cannot eat chips during watching because i need 100% focus on the...
Because i live in the Netherlands i am not a native English speaker. Because of the accents and the noisy surroundings of the actors i need to much focus on trying top... Read more
Published 12 months ago by eduard
5.0 out of 5 stars Quality
Very good, slow moving but perfectly timed film... dark and tense, this one really catches you.

The boy from Sixteen is excellent in this.
Published 13 months ago by JoDo
4.0 out of 5 stars Harsh, hard to watch yet gripping, like a headache
Jackie is a CCTV operator in Glasgow. She spends her days and nights watching the streets and tenements of the city and she seems to have developed a greater empathy for the people... Read more
Published on 14 May 2012 by Crookedmouth
5.0 out of 5 stars Just Brilliant.
This film is brilliant. I can't stress that enough. Watch it or miss out. Also watch 'Fishtank', which is also brilliant. But this one is something else. Read more
Published on 29 Nov 2011 by Mr. Dj Clarke
5.0 out of 5 stars Edge of the seat stuff...
I watched this recently when it was on late night tv. I wasn't expecting much but was absolutely glued to the screen. Read more
Published on 24 Sep 2011 by livrox
3.0 out of 5 stars Every breath you take
Red Road is a light hearted romantic comedy set in the picturesque neighbourhoods of Scotland's largest city and erstwhile European City of Culture, Glasgow. Read more
Published on 20 Aug 2011 by E. Granter
5.0 out of 5 stars A low key, deeply intelligent, wonderfully acted thriller/ character...
Set in Glasgow, a woman who watches closed circuit TV all day for the police gets obsessed with a
particular man she believes may be a criminal (shades of 'Rear Window'). Read more
Published on 17 April 2011 by K. Gordon
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