Red White & Blue is very much a film of two halves that almost entirely juxtapose one another.
The first is a subtle, dialogue-free character study about Erica, a young woman (played with a wonderfully quiet desperation by Amanda Fuller) who drifts though life, lost in the world, diving into bed with every man she meets simply in order to foundation her loneliness. It's a beautiful, transcendent montage of cinematographic successes.
The revenge-driven second half takes an astonishingly drastic U-turn as Erica's love life suddenly goes sour. Director Simon Rumley (The Living & The Dead) cranks up the tension and ups the violence to literally excruciating levels as he perfectly orchestrates a brutally aggressive, hideously violent powerhouse of a climax.
Rumley directs with a fantastic cinematic energy, performances are incredible all round and the film as a whole is a visual feast. Whilst some may find certain elements too challenging (the first half of the film is almost entirely free of dialogue), others will understand the sublime storytelling quality and emotional depth on display here.
Embrace what is one of the most beautiful and significant artistic ambitions this year, Red White & Blue.