Director Cédric Kahn has made a name for himself in France with kinky psychological dramas and pulpy thrillers, and "Red Lights" shows we are in the hands of a very capable entertainer. His film is a gripping thriller that relies less on shock value than well-timed and unexpected surprises. It is also visually engaging, an example of artistry within genre storytelling that is rare enough these days to be somewhat shocking on its own.
The central conceit a pitiful man whose power has been dampened by a capable spouse might seem like the stuff of artful melodrama, but here it is also kept palpable and poignant. Yes, "Red Lights" will keep you engrossed and guessing at every turn, but you'll also be pleased by the little stops and the end of the journey. Wayne Melton
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