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||IMDB Rating: 6.9/10 from 12 votes
||Release: 1 February 2007 (Netherlands) /
||Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
||Stars: Andrew Armour, Annie Bain, Carolyn Calder, Charles Brown, Cora Bisset, Frances Kelly, Jessica Angus, John Comerford, Kate Dickie, Martin Compston, Martin McCardie, Martin O'Neill, Natalie Press, Paul Higgins, Tony Curran
||Synopsis: Whilst working as a CCTV operator in Glasgow's working-class Red Road estate, Jackie sees a face from the past, a face that she thought would no longer haunt her dreams. Keeping her distance, and with the use of her CCTV cameras, she follows the face and the man and she finally decides to confront him. It is here that past lives are once again entwined and reconciliations are aired. Written by Cinema_Fan
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The slowly unravelling character and background of a CCTV operator form
the plot of this gripping and unsettling, low-budget, yet very
professionally made film. Jackie's job is to watch the feed from closed
circuit cameras sited in the less desirable areas of Glasgow (including
a street called Red Road), and liaising with the police where possible
to help track or prevent crime. She's a dour Scots lass who gives
little away, and we build up a picture of her life very efficiently in
the first few varied and colourful short scenes - her working life, her
social life, her sex life and (at the edge of it) her family life.
She starts to follow an ex-con who she recognises on the cameras,
eventually ingratiating herself into his life. We are kept in the dark
for a very long time as to her motives and simply feel an insidious,
creeping tension as she takes risks. That we become so glued to what
she is up to is a great credit to the skillful characterisation and
acting. It's one of those films where, if you want to feel the full
impact of the surprises, the less you know about the story the better.
The title maybe also suggests a path of sexual tension and danger that
the protagonist feels she has to follow. The final denouement brings a
surprise emotional enlightenment. If you dislike independent
film-making or are averse to explicit sex, avoid Red Road; otherwise
make a bee-line to see one of the most original and capable films to
come out of Scotland.
Delving into the world of CCTV also opens up other questions. Britain
has a very high deployment of CCTV - according to one estimate, the
average Briton is recorded by CCTV cameras 300 times a day (director
Andrea Arnold says in an interview that twenty per cent of all the CCTV
cameras in the world are in Britain) - and there are also concerns
about privacy and abuse. The film doesn't argue for or against - it
seems realistic - but in portraying 'a face that watches the footage'
it allows us to picture what it is maybe like on the other side of the
camera when we form our ideas about the social dilemmas.
Although Red Road has been roundly praised, it is not immediately clear
why it is so successful. There is very little substantive action for a
long time and little of the obvious attention grabbers such as violence
or heavy romance. Although it seems to be directed on a very tight
leash, part of the credit no doubt should also go to Lone Scherfig
(characterisation is done in part by Scherfig as collaborator), and
with whose background there is a discernible connection.
Danish Director Scherfig rose to fame with Italian for Beginners, one
of the successful films to be made under the strict discipline of the
austere Dogme95 rules. While Red Road uses little of the formal laws of
the back-to-basics Dogme system, the lessons learnt are evident: a lack
of intrusive background music, no superficial action or definable
genre, and so on. The reliance is on the characters themselves, and in
working in the development of the Red Road characters Scherfig's genius
is shining through. We feel, just as we did in her Wilbur Wants to Kill
Himself, that the people have just walked off the streets of Glasgow
(or are still walking about on them). This style of realism is also
discernible in the first British Dogme film, Gypo, released about the
same time as Red Road, and together they form almost a new thread in
British cinema. Whatever the reasons or antecedents, Red Road is a film
of remarkable ingenuity aimed at an intelligent adult audience.
The background to the creation of Red Road is that it forms part of a
project called Advance Party. Scherfig and her collaborator, in
accordance with the experiment, presented the fully fledged characters
to director Andrea Arnold who then wrote the plot around them. They
have a life of their own instead of being altered to fit a storyline.
The creative genius behind the idea, as with Dogme, is Lars von Trier.
In the hands of Oscar-winning director Arnold, we again see art and new
creative processes forcing their head through the much-abused medium of
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, Annie Bain
, Carolyn Calder
, Charles Brown
, Cora Bisset
, Frances Kelly
, Jessica Angus
, John Comerford
, Kate Dickie
, Martin Compston
, Martin McCardie
, Martin O'Neill
, Natalie Press
, Paul Higgins
, Tony Curran
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