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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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 film is a completely sure-footed and incredibly well performed examination of grief and revenge. The uncompromising performance of Kate Dickie is one of the finest screen performances I've seen for many a year and is the centrepiece of one of the greatest British films of the century.
"All your dreams are made when you're chained to the mirror and the razor blade," Oasis aptly sings on the score for the visually haunting film Red Road. Lean as a crow in urban Glasgow, Kate Dickie as Jackie flirts with a mix of desire and danger in this psychological thriller. Jackie working as a CCTV surveillance operator zooms in to discover a truth that brings her closer to a disturbing episode from the past.
Andrea Arnold's first feature, a voyeuristic thriller which holds it's mystery almost to the end, and luckily enough for the patient viewer, it's worth the wait. Shades of modern auteurs like Loach and Haneke are apparent, but Arnold is emerging as one of the world's best talents.
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.
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.