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Feux Rouges/Red Lights
Topic by: lividsnails
Posted: January 14, 2005 - 8:18 PM PST
Last Reply: April 11, 2005 - 12:50 PM PDT

author topic: Feux Rouges/Red Lights
post #1  on January 14, 2005 - 8:18 PM PST  
I don't know how widely this has been released but I'm curious to hear what other people thought of this movie by French director Cedric Kahn, if you got around to seeking it out.

It didn't knock my socks off. It was okay. Or maybe good-to-middlin'? Kinda interesting. Scared me a coupla times. Nothing interesting cinematically or visually really. Pretty straight forward in that regard.

Here's the scoop: An (unhappily) married couple start out on a road trip to pick their kids up from summer camp. They're bickering, he's drinking, she gets mad and leaves him when he stops in one bar too many. Leaves a note that says she's taking the train. So he's racing around from train station to train station trying to find her and meanwhile (conveniently) the news is reporting an escaped convict on the loose....

The movie starts out slow. There are some sluggish spots in the beginning with shots of cars on the road that I thought lasted too long but hey, it is a road-movie maybe he was tryin' to set the tone for monotony? It made it feel like we weren't getting anywhere for awhile. Maybe that's intentional 'cause the guy starts off annoyed at his wife for them getting off to a late start. (or am I stretching it?)

One of the reviews I read said what makes this film good is that it's not just a thriller, it's about an unhappy marriage. Well, no, not really. We don't know why this couple is unhappy and since after her disappearence they're not really together for most of the film, we don't really learn more about how they relate to each other after the initial bickering that provokes the woman to leave and take the train.

Another review compared it to Sluizer's Vanishing. Again, no way. The only thing they have in common is the someone disappears in both movies and someone else is looking for them. [Sluizer's film is probably my all-time favorite movie; I think it's incredible, so I'm dubious to any claims that something is similar to it.]

So, that's it. Anyone else?
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post #2  on April 11, 2005 - 12:50 PM PDT  
How coincidental - I finally get around to exploring the boards here and there's a post regarding the movie I saw just this past weekend. Of course, the post is from January - but oh well.

I agree - I rented it thinking it was going to be like "The Vanishing" but it's much more a study of their marriage.

Theoretically, the escaped convict might represent ( a ) the husband's repressed desires or ( b ) the wife to husband/the husband to wife. ( b ) would be interesting because then it'd be the husband substitute killing his wife and his wife's desires her husband act more brutish (shades of Dr. Caligari).

However, I lean more towards ( a ) since we don't see the wife interacting with the convict. Consider: the convict escapes from prison on a night where the husband feels "free." Furthermore, the husband's hangup seems to center on his not feeling manly enough. The opposite of an emasculated man would perhaps be one who physically dominates his wife - which is what the convict does. And finally, after the husband kills the convict, he finds peace with the relationship - in essence killing the insecurities the convict represented.

Make sense or totally reading it wrong?

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