Set almost entirely in a French restaurant, this bold, controversial film follows the exploits of a ruthless British gangster whose long suffering wife forges a relationship with one of the restaurant’s patrons behind his back.
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Red pervades throughout the movie and seems to envelop all in its meanings of violence and passion. Places like the white decor of the restroom and threatened by the red light of the restaurant when the door is opened. Danger is always right behind the door, and that may be why the connection between the wife and her lover is filled with so much passion. They are of the same color.
Apart from the sex, gore and aesthetic ambiance, which are enough to get a rousing disputant going, this film has endless possibilities for political commentary and societal critique. I think it's about England, specifically, what she was at her best, what she wants and what she's been reduced to over time. All these characters have a part in her story.