Red Lights

on August 20, 2004 by Susan Green
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Cedric Kahn's "Red Lights" seems like a cross between "Lost Weekend," "Leaving Las Vegas" and a dozen forgettable slasher movies in which the apparently dead rise again. Antoine (Jean-Pierre Darroussin) is in midlife-crisis mode, which for some reason makes him suspicious of everything his wife Helene (Carole Bouquet) says or does. He begins drinking vast quantities of alcohol just before they have to drive across France to pick up their two children from summer camp. The long journey is a litany of wrong turns, fights and more booze.

When Antoine insists on stopping at a sleazy bar, Helene takes off. Soused, he picks up a hitchhiker who's wanted by the police, then fails to read the obvious signals that this guy is trouble. The proceedings go from bad to nasty. Not to mention improbable. Even normally radiant Bouquet can't save "Red Lights" from its flawed logic and uneven tone. Starring Jean-Pierre Darroussin, Carole Bouquet, Vincent Deniard, Charline Paul and Jean-Pierre Gos. Directed by Cedric Kahn. Written by Cedric Kahn, Laurence Ferreira Barbosa and Gilles Marchand. Produced by Patrick Godeau. A Wellspring release. Drama/Thriller. French-language; subtitled. Unrated. Running time: 105 min.

Tags: Starring Jean-Pierre Darroussin, Carole Bouquet, Vincent Deniard, Charline Paul and Jean-Pierre Gos. Directed by Cedric Kahn. Written by Cedric Kahn, Laurence Ferreira Barbosa, Gilles Marchand, Produced by Patrick Godeau, Wellspring, Drama, Thriller
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