Like Lars von Triers films, Red Road
plays with viewers expectations. Also like the movies of von Trier (who had a hand in this production), Red Road is filled with naturally raw sights and sounds -- shot on location and with minimum cleanup. Even the characters thick Scottish brogues require subtitles. Its an engrossing story about a lonely female surveillance-camera operator who spots a blurry image of a man on one of her monitors. As she becomes obsessed with him (to the point where she misses a stabbing at another post), the connection between them slowly reveals itself. But director Andrea Arnold doesnt give much else away till the end of this taut, thrilling Cannes hit.
Fri., July 6, 9:10 p.m.; Sat., July 7, 5:15 p.m.