Jackie is a CCTV operator. 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.
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Arnold's first feature was a sensation at Cannes in '06 with its mix of CCTV surveillance footage with a script of slow rewards. A woman's grief is overshadowed by her need for justice and the sacrifices she is willing to make to get that justice are staggering. Kate Dickie was a revelation here amongst a strong supporting cast.
Really dug this one! This makes Andrea Arnold 3 for 3 by my count, an excellent debut that shows she can get amazing performances and really knows how to film them. It's perhaps an ironclad rule of thrillers that the mystery tends to be more interesting than the solution. But Arnold's eye for characters, emotional undertones, and surfaces that are part grimy and part sensual leaves a lasting impression.
Andrea Arnold's debut is the most original contemporary thriller to grace our sick millenial minds cinematically. Made out of a dare from Lars Von Trier, it shows in it's construction and themes that women have more balls than men in cinema these days, and that the some of the best films are coming out of Ireland.
Wilfully insidious but always human - the plight of some of the most dysfunctional on the fringes of society. A challenging tale regarding the voyeuristic nature of security monitoring. The grey areas abound.
Red Road starts off in a very promising modality, w/ its exploration of urban spaces and back-spaces as related to the culture of surveillance. In a world where everyone could find themselves being watched at almost any moment, it makes sense to try and conceive of what it might mean to be the person looking. The film falters noticeably as it turns this investigation into a fairly cliché assessment of a pathology.
My brother has this theory that if we all had cameras on us constantly then our behaviour would be better. Well, we don't have them constantly on us, but there's a constant stream of footage of people making bad decisions. I'd just rather my bad decisions not be captured on film, because I know I'm going to make them.
Confrontation helps one to get over traumatic incidents. It is a movie about confrontation and its healing effect. I liked how the screeplay writer and director have builded up tension until the last minute. I liked the acting as well.