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Red Lights ( Feux rouges ) [DVD]

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  • Actors: Jean-Pierre Darroussin, Carole Bouquet, Jean-Pierre Gos, Vincent Deniard, Charline Paul
  • Directors: Cédric Kahn
  • Producers: Red Lights ( Feux rouges ), Red Lights, Feux rouges
  • Format: Import, PAL, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English, French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Run Time: 105.00 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000CIXFWU
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 319,628 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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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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Everything you would possibly want with from a psychological thriller, well crafted and acted from a short story by the celebrated author of the Maigret crime novels. Jean-Pierre Darroussin and Carole Bouqet are entirely convincing in their respective roles as bitching partners on the long and doomed road south from Paris for the annual Vacances Francais. A destination they never reach....

This is a film that inexorably builds in tension and atmosphere. The signature bars of Debussy's famous Nocturne, Nuages (of course played by Charles Munch on a French recording) add a distinct chill as the twists and turns unfold. Darroussin is equal in acting terms to everything that is thrown at him. I will never cease to be amazed at the scene where he attempts to make a phone call from a village bar tabac in a totally blitzed state. This is acting by the scruff of the neck or on a knife's edge and is a joy to behold. There are other moments like this along the way. Did anybody else notice that the couple drive the last of the Rover saloons - a nice touch?

And at the end of the way is a closing scene that will widen your eyes and wet them! This film is magic from start to finish and forvthis price with subtitles unmissable.
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By andy on 13 Jun. 2014
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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. It is often something that actors fail to portray convincingly, but in Red Lights Jean-Pierre Darroussin shows how drink has affected the charater of Antoine, in a very underplayed and very convincing way. His acting and that of Carole Bouquet and the supporting cast is superb.

As it says on the back of the DVD case, this is a tense Hitchcockian thriller, and the tension is there pretty much throughout the whole film. The pace is slow at times and this builds on the tension that is already there.

The film is based on the 1953 Georges Simenon novel Feux Rouges with the film updating the story to the twenty-first century. (Having watched the film I would like to read the novel). Until I read the novel I won’t know how the director Cédric Khan has adapted it, but it is interesting to hear what the actors say about Georges Simenon’s novel in the “Extras” section that comes with the DVD.

The DVD contains the main film Red Light (1 hour 42 minutes), Scene Selection, Special Features include: Interview with Cédric Khan (21 minutes); Interview with Jean-Pierre Darroussin (21 minutes); Interview with Carole Bouquet (21 minutes), Theatrical Trailer, Filmographies of Jean-Pierre Darroussin, Carole Bouquet and Cédric Khan and a Biogrophy of Georges Simenon.

English subtitles are optional.
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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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By A Customer on 25 Oct. 2005
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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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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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