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Red Road (2006)

Kate Dickie , Tony Curran , Andrea Arnold  |  Unrated |  DVD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Kate Dickie, Tony Curran, Martin Compston, Natalie Press, Paul Higgins
  • Directors: Andrea Arnold
  • Writers: Andrea Arnold, Anders Thomas Jensen, Lone Scherfig
  • Producers: Anna Duffield, Carrie Comerford, Claire Chapman, David M. Thompson
  • Format: Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Tartan Video
  • DVD Release Date: August 28, 2007
  • Run Time: 113 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
  • ASIN: B000Q7ZKX4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #199,207 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Jackie (Katie Dickie) works at a video-surveillance firm that is in charge of protecting people who live on a single block of Red Road in urban Glasgow. When she sees an ex-con (Tony Curran) from her past appear on her monitor, she is compelled to confront him for his crimes and begins to stalk him. What mysterious history do they share, and why is Jackie so determined to punish this man? Filmmaker Andrea Arnold keeps the audience guessing and the tension building as Red Road crescendos to an explosive finale.

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sterling debuts all around September 2, 2007
By Nobody
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This is a first film by the director, Andrea Arnold, and the lead, Kate Dickie, and the first of an intended series by a group of Scottish film makers to be set around the same group of characters. I have no idea where it will go from here, but this film presents a complete picture, a circle of tragedy that closes.

This is the type of film where a story starts in the middle and progresses without any setup exposition, you have to figure out on your own where it's going. Sometimes films like this drive me crazy, but it works in spades here, particularly during a stunning sexual encounter where all you can think is, what the heck is this woman doing? Why is she letting this happen? There could be more than one answer, it could just be lonely lust, that possibility exists, and then . . . well, the answer is revealed, and while it was hinted at, there is no way to anticipate what happens, nor how it all turns out.

If you love film, you must see this, and support these individuals. Their instincts for what appears on the screen are spot on, and I look forward to their next effort. Two small warnings; the sex is graphic, and the Glasgow accents pretty thick, English subtitles are not necessarily out of place.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Liminality February 1, 2008
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There are few films, not to speak of books (such as those written by Paul West), that focus on and reveal liminal space, or the "in-between." Red Road does this magnificently. The protagonist is a woman whose job is to watch cameras that provide surveillance around the city, to prevent and report crimes--and so she is a watcher of others rather than having agency herself. And there are moving episodes here, where she follows individuals with pets--with whom they have a relationship--and when she comes across one of these individuals with his dog, he and she look into a store window and have no relationship with each other.

There are a number of scenes where Kate Dickie, as the protagonist, is on the margins--at the wedding of her friend, for example. It is only at the end of the film that one has a glimpse of this pattern of liminality changing, when she stops to greet a man with his dog who are crossing the street.

The photography is marvelous, especially the early shots of the protagonist's face. While the face is beautiful in and of itself, the camera angles and the shading are stunning.

So to end where I began.... For those of us who have resonance with liminality, for those of us who live on the margins--however described, this is a film to watch.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Of Guilt and Forgiveness January 1, 2008
By _tMF
"Tell me how it happened...I just want to know...please!"

After an incident that left both of them bewildered and shocked, Jackie (Kate Dickie) confronts Clyde (Tony Curran). Clyde is someone from Jackie's past, but just how he's connected to her is still unknown. She simply crossed the street and started shouting at him, and he looks surprised and a bit afraid of her.

Red Road is the astonishing and unforgettable story of Jackie, a CCTV operator who must confront her past in order to wake up from the stupor of her self-imposed isolation.

"The film is called RED ROAD because it's set in the Red Road flats,' explains Carrie Comerford, the film's producer. These flats are so recognizable that they have become a landmark in that part of Glasgow. But the film could have been made in any other city and Jackie's story would remain the same.

As one of the CCTV operators, it is here that Jackie works. Everyday she monitors dozens of screens that feed live footage from cameras installed in the city. Here she constantly observes and watches its inhabitants, amused by their idiosyncracies and in a way, knowing them by familiarity. There is the elderly man who regularly walks his dog at night, the lady cleaner who dances her way into the office building while listening to her Walkman, the prostitute who tries to make conversation with a potential client, the young men who revel in their drunkenness on their way up to the flats...

These seemingly nameless `strangers' are her constant companions. She knows them almost intimately, but they remain beyond her reach; she cannot talk to them or have them invite her for coffee. She watches silently, the cameras allowing her to observe them from a distance.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Of Loss and Reparation February 25, 2008
A very impressive first outing for director, Andrea Arnold. Other reviewers have revealed the plot and the intrigue attending Jackie's(Kate Dickie)stalking through surveillance cameras of Clyde(Tony Curran), and eventual liason with him. The film is set in the grimy margins of Glasgow, where every fluttering leaf of activity caught on camera might arouse suspicion. So what is this lonely woman's obsession with Clyde? Arnold's gift of telling is remarkable. The ultra close-up framing of the leads' faces, the agile, hand-held camera made a tour de force by Lars Von Trier, effects our complicity in her quest for resolution. We are only a step behind her own awareness, her own motives, as she literally lays herself bare, sacrifices her dignity, to absolve the trauma that has frozen her. The sexual explicitness makes us feel her dilema and sympathise with Clyde's subsequent confusion.Someone said that the best thrillers burrow inward, and by the sheer power of cinematic observation make it hard for us to look away less we miss something. 'Red Road'is such a film.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Surveillance.
Red Road (Andrea Arnold, 2006)

On one hand, Red Road—a movie about a woman who becomes obsessed with revenge and goes undercover to deliver some vigilante justice—is a... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Robert Beveridge
1.0 out of 5 stars Directors easy way out.
I saw this last night. It has promise but then the director decides to take the "easy way" and show one of the most graphic sex scenes (and disturbing when you realize her... Read more
Published 9 months ago by smiles
2.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful cinematography; unrealistic plot
The cinematography and the atmosphere of uncertainty are the only thing worth watching in this movie. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Daniel Gamboa
3.0 out of 5 stars engaging, ultimately unsatisfying
What this film does right, it does wrong: its direction and pacing and cutting, the surveillance cameras, the close-ups, all the usual gimmicks, frankly -- suggest something more,... Read more
Published 23 months ago by L. Monstuart
5.0 out of 5 stars True Scot
Being originally from Glasgow, this movie was originally recommended to me by one of my American friends with the comment that she would be interested to hear my opinion on whether... Read more
Published on September 21, 2012 by Saucier
3.0 out of 5 stars Slow-paced, but ultimately worthwhile
I wondered if they really do have these surveillance cams everywhere in urban Glasgow? How Big Brotherish, if so! Why would criminals do anything in the open, if they have these? Read more
Published on July 10, 2012 by Brad Smith
4.0 out of 5 stars Harsh, hard to watch yet gripping, like a headache
Jackie is a CCTV operator in Glasgow. She spends her days and nights watching the streets and tenements of the city and she seems to have developed a greater empathy for the people... Read more
Published on May 14, 2012 by Crookedmouth
3.0 out of 5 stars good but a pity
Surprisingly the film held my attention despite the lack of action while she was spying due to good pace and acting. I thought why she was spying will be revealed in good time. Read more
Published on April 11, 2012 by .fgd
5.0 out of 5 stars Suspenseful Drama with Delayed Plot Revalation
The story centers on Jackie Morrison, played by Kate Dickie. Jackie works for the Glasgow, Scotland PD surveillance division monitoring spy cameras called the CITY EYE. Read more
Published on November 24, 2011 by D_shrink
5.0 out of 5 stars A low key, deeply intelligent, wonderfully acted thriller/ character...
Set in Glasgow, a woman who watches closed circuit TV all day for the police gets obsessed with a particular man she believes
may be a criminal (shades of Rear Window). Read more
Published on April 17, 2011 by K. Gordon
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