Red Lights

Synopsis: Antoine and Helene drive to South France to return their kids from a holiday camp. The traffic is dense and the atmosphere growingly tense; he is an alcoholic and becomes increasingly drunk the more often they stop. After a fierce discussion they split and both have to face great danger during the night.
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Director(s): Cédric Kahn
Production: Wellspring
  2 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
105 min


"Meet you as planned at 5 p.m.

"I feel like a young man in love

on his first date.

"I can't wait for us to get on the road

and see the children again."

Come for a drink?

No, I'm meeting my wife at 5.

We leave this evening.

- Where to?

- To fetch the kids.

Then to my in-laws

in the Basque country.

Drive safely!

- I'll see you in 20 min.

- Already?

- We said 5 at the bar.

- Get my necklace at the jeweler's?

The one next to the florist?

I'll take care of it.

A beer, please.

Late afternoon heavy traffic

two million cars

on the roads

for summer vacation.

Last year's death toll

was 200 at this time.

Departure figures

are on the rise so far.

Highway Safety again urges

utmost caution.

- Where are you?

- It's already 5?

Sorry, I had a call!

Be right there.

Anything else, sir?

- Antoine? I'm so sorry...

- What're you up to?

- I got held up. I'm coming!

- Stop saying that. Just come!

I'm coming, I'm coming!

- How're you?

- Fine. You?


You didn't look exhausted

across the street.

I had to answer an email from the US.

It took time.

Get my message?

What're you staring at?

- Your necklace.

- Why?

I hadn't noticed

you stopped wearing it.

I took it in 3 weeks ago.

Want a drink?

No, let's get going.

You have to get the car

and I have to pack.

I want to shower first, too.

Why leave so early?

In an hour, traffic will let up.

Let's eat here.

You don't mind eating cold, do you?

What are you doing?

Why are you standing there?

I'm going out.

- What?

- I'm going out.

- What for?

- Cigarettes.

There are plenty here.

I'll get gas and check the oil.

It'll save time.

A scotch, please.

- A single?

- Double.

I filled the tank...

And checked the tires.

And the cigarettes?

- You said we had some.

- I was wrong.

- Want me to drive?

- No, thanks.

Sure you're okay?

Of course.

What's on your mind?

Nothing special. And you?

I'm dying to see the kids.

I wonder if they've changed.

You can take a shower.

You have time.

I have to finish packing.

On the A42 south of Beaune

a car collided with a truck.

The car's occupants

were killed instantly.

The truck driver is unscathed.

10 minutes later,

at the Mcon exit...

Let's get off and take the back way.

We'll get back on the highway

after Tours.

What do you think?


Know Ducasse's fees?

Not off the top of my head.

It can wait till I'm back.

When's that?

Tell them the 18th.

Hang on!

That's a long break!

Two weeks. I deserve 'em.

Sure you can live without me

that long?

Aren't you presumptuous!

- Take care.

- You, too.

- What're you doing?

- I want to move.

But it's only for a few miles!

Take the left lane. It's moving faster.

Can't you see I'm trying?

Watch out!

- Why the face?

- What face?

You seem irritated.

Because I'm in the left lane

when the right line was fine!

- If you're tired, I can drive...

- I said no!

What're you doing?

I have to pee.

Need anything?

A scotch, please.

- Single or double?

- Double.

There's a detour.

We have to go right.

Thanks, I noticed.

There's always a detour on this road!

Can't they repair in winter?

- When the ground's frozen?

- Or the fall!

Not with 2 million on the road!

- You missed the turnoff.

- What turnoff?

For Tours.

What about the cars behind us?

They aren't all going to Tours.

Relax, you'll get to Tours!

What'd I tell you?

We're on the wrong road.

It never occurs to you

you could be mistaken.

Say what's on your mind for once!

- Remember that 125-mile detour?

- To avoid traffic!

Not intentionally.

You trying to piss me off?

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Georges Simenon

Georges Joseph Christian Simenon (French: [ʒɔʁʒ simnɔ̃]; 13 February 1903 – 4 September 1989) was a Belgian writer. A prolific author who published nearly 500 novels and numerous short works, Simenon is best known as the creator of the fictional detective Jules Maigret. more…

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