Sundance Review: Red Road
by Alex Billington
January 21, 2007
A quiet evening screening on Saturday night of the Jury Prize Winner in the 2006 Cannes Film Festival, Red Road. A very intriguing film, Red Road seems like a mystery at first, but becomes something much different. Jackie (Kate Dickie) works as a CCTV operator in Glasgow, Scotland monitoring TVs every night watching the same people over and over. One night she sees a man whom she never wanted to find again and must confront; a man that has a connection to her that is unknown and we must discover.
I'm not really sure what to make of Red Road, but I can start by calling it very quietly mysterious. It's slow moving with little dialogue that only picks up as it nears the climax and conclusion at the end. Featuring some sexual scenes that would not even come close to making an R rating, the film is a drama that depends less on communication vocally and more on emotions and actions - a particular structure that was not at all effective, at least in my opinion, as it seems to differ per person. Even the reveal of who this guy was didn't hit as hard as it should have. Good performances all around, but nothing very memorable.