Behind the Red Door

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Behind the Red Door
Behind the Red Door Poster
Directed by Matia Karrell
Produced by
  • Kjehl Rasmussen
  • Matia Karrell
  • Jeff Geoffray
Written by
Music by David Fleury[1]
Cinematography Robert Elswit[2]
Edited by Barry Farrell
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release dates
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  • January 12, 2003 (2003-01-12)
Running time
105 minutes
  • United States
  • Japan
  • Finland
  • Spain
Language English

Behind the Red Door is an English drama film directed by Matia Karrell and released in 2003.[3] The lead characters in the movie are Kyra Sedgwick, Kiefer Sutherland and Stockard Channing.[1] The film depicts the relationship between a sister and her brother, who is suffering from the fatal disease AIDS.


Natalie Haddad (Kyra Sedgwick) is a talented photographer living in New York. She is undergoing a financial crisis. Her friend Julia (Stockard Channing) finds a two-day job in Boston for US$20,000.00, for her which Natalie had to accept. Upon her arrival at Boston, she finds that her arrogant gay brother Roy (Kiefer Sutherland), a successful designer, had hired her. Their relationship was broken 10 years earlier and since then they had not seen each other. When Natalie finishes her assignment, her brother Roy asks her to stay for the next day. He had organised a birthday party for himself. After the brthday Party Roy tells her that he is suffering from AIDS. Although Roy is insufferably snobbish and manipulative, he manages to exert a curious control over Natalie, forcing her to confront several disturbing, long-suppressed memories of her past (shown in black-and-white flashbacks). She agreed to stay with him and in due course of time their fraternal relationship develops again.



The film was above average and received fairly positive reviews from critics. Rotten Tomatoes rated its freshness at 78%.[4] The film received 6.8/10 user rating on IMDB.[5] Jerry Weinstein of said "The awkward set-up finally gives way to a portrait of a family of two, who are at last there for one another."[4]

Kyra Sedgwick and Kiefer Sutherland's portrayal of sister and brother was highly praised by film critics. Jerry Weinstein said Although Behind the Red Door is in parts a schematic, more than a nuanced drama, both Kyra Sedgwick and Kiefer Sutherland portray sister and brother with dignity.[6]

The film was also praised for the portrayal of a Gay man suffering from AIDS. Its mission is to create programming that contributes to a better understanding of HIV/AIDS. The massive Viacom empire includes the Sundance Channel, BET, Simon & Schuster, CBS, MTV, UPN, Paramount, and Showtime – which produced this film. Perhaps this synergy can be leveraged in such a fashion that it can make a positive difference,fostering dialogue and promoting understanding, said Jerry Weinstein.[6]


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