Andrea Arnold • 2006 • UK
Monitoring CCTV cameras in a high-rise Glasgow housing complex, Jackie notices a man from her past.
Jackie lives alone, monitoring CCTV cameras in a high-rise housing complex in Glasgow's northern periphery. She engages from time to time in an affair with a married man, but her life is otherwise uneventful. Then one day a figure appears on Jackie's monitor that she's seen before; she learns this man, Clyde, has been recently released from prison on parole. Before long Jackie begins stalking Clyde, entangling herself in a perilous web of past histories and traumas.
Andrea Arnold's first film premiered at Cannes, where it won the Jury Prize.
Essay: Surveillance and the High-Rise in Red Road