Foreign Correspondent

Red Lights (2004)
Starring: Jean-Pierre Darroussin, Carole Bouquet Director: Cédric Kahn
Rated NR
Genres: Drama, Thriller
Run Time: 106 minutes
Language: French

In this French thriller, a road movie that takes you on a disturbing ride that is leading to imminent horror. A troubled couple drives out of Paris on a holiday weekend to pick-up their children at summer camp. Antoine is Mr. Average with a dead end sales job and resents his more successful wife, Helene, a lawyer. When Helene tires of Antoine’s drinking on the road she takes off leaving him to take the train. When Antoine comes back to the car from his drinking he is in a panic realizing his wife is gone, it’s nighttime and he’s in the middle of nowhere. The film is an examination of the male psyche in crisis and the title “Red Lights” is a metaphor for the obstacles that Antoine faces.

Time Out (2000)
Starring: Aurélien Recoing, Karin Viard Director: Laurent Cantet
Rated PG-13
Genres: Drama
Run Time: 128 minutes
Language: French

Another film of a man in crisis. Vincent seems to have it all, a beautiful wife and family and a new prestigous job. In reality Vincent has no job and is too ashamed to tell his family that he has been fired. Instead he constructs an elaborate double life where he works for a top firm in Geneva and is away from home most of the time. To maintain his cover of employment Vincent scams his friends into an “investment opportunity”. As his lies mount , he begins to lose control and is forced to face his future. A good and decent man, he is held in high regard by his friends and colleagues. Through his upbringing he knew much was expected of him and that failure was not an option. Vincent is a man shackled with expectations but in the end he underestimates his family’s love for him.


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