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The final section of the late Krzysztof Kieslowski's acclaimed Three Colors trilogy (preceded by "Blue" and "White") is the least likely of the three to stand alone, and indeed benefits from a little familiarity with the first two parts. Nevertheless, it's a strong, unique piece that reflects upon the ubiquity of images in the modern world and the parallel subjugation of meaningful communication. Irene Jacob plays a fashion model whose lovely face is hugely enlarged on a red banner no one in Geneva can possibly miss seeing. Striking up a relationship with an embittered former judge (Jean-Louis Trintignant), who secretly scans his neighbors' conversations through electronic surveillance, Jacob's character becomes an aural witness to the secret lives of those we think we know. Kieslowski cleverly wraps up the trilogy with a device that brings together the principals of all three films. "--Tom Keogh"
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I remember being happy that Forrest Gump won the Best Picture Oscar in 1994, but I have since realized that there were at least three better films that year. The Shawshank Redemption and Pulp Fiction were two of them, and the other was Three Colors Red. The film was nominated for three Oscars; Best Director, Cinematography and Original Screenplay. It was never likely that a foreign language film would win in those categories, but the nominations were significant.
Director Krzysztof Kieslowski first teamed up with actress Irene Jacob in The Double Life of Veronique and the two films are thematically similar. Both stories reflect on destiny, life, love, opportunities, connections and cause and effect. They are thoughtful observations and you'll get the most out of them if you are the kind of person who likes to consider the meaning of life and our very existence.
Three Colors Red opens with a phone call and we see a depiction of the call being connected. The camera takes us inside the telephone wires and rushes us through pipes and across water. Valentine (Irene Jacob) lives in Geneva and is talking to her boyfriend who is working in England. We never see his face, but his voice tells us what we need to know.Read more ›
On her way home from a modelling session, Valentine (Irene Jacob) accidently runs over and injures a pregnant dog. The owner is Joseph Kern, (Jean-Louis Trintignant) an embittered, cynical ex-judge whose years of condemnation and acquittal have left him spiritually adrift. He now spends his time alone in his house, wiretapping the phones of his neighbors and predicting what will happen in their lives.
After Valentine expresses disgust at Joseph's activities, he turns himself in to the authorities. Their friendship grows into a bond of differing values and unhappy histories. As Valentine prepares to leave for England, the judge reveals the tragic circumstances of his early life -- a tragedy mirrored by some of the people he has been spying on.
Where "Blue" was cool and sensual and "White" was sharp and sexy, "Red" has a sweetness and richness to its story. Valentine's name suggests love, and that love -- a platonic friendship that teeters on romantic love -- brings Joseph back from his unhealthy cynicism. Her kindness and unhappiness appeal to him, reassuring him that people are not intrinsically bad. His spiritual transformation is subtle, but convincing; it's mirrored by the sun shining down on him near the film's end.
Few filmmakers could pull off the symbolism that springs up in any of the "Colors" movies. In this one, red springs up everywhere -- walls, glasses, jeeps, lipstick, clothing, phones, bowling balls, little lights lining a model runway.Read more ›
Valentine (Irene Jacob) is a fashion and photography model living in Geneva. One night while driving, her car hits a dog, which she subsequently takes to the vet to be patched up. From the address on the animal's collar, she tracks down the pet's owner, a retired judge (Jean-Louis Trintignant), who has no interest in keeping the dog. As a matter of fact, the man has little interest in life whatsoever except to eavesdrop on the wireless phone conversations of his neighbors. Slowly, however, the chance encounter between Valentine and The Judge grows into a platonic friendship. The potential for other random encounters swirls around Valentine. Some may happen; most will likely not. But this one occurred, and both participants are the better for it.
RED must be the last film of the trilogy seen. At it's conclusion, a most improbable coincidence brings together the major characters of all three. The lesson of BLUE, WHITE and RED in the aggregate appears to be that life is a series of coincidences, and the potential for personal growth from any connection between one or more individuals is a mine of great richness if one cares to work it. Humans are reputed to be a social species. However, the trilogy is perhaps best appreciated by a "people person", who relishes the interaction of daily encounters whether random or not. I'm not that sort (much to my wife's perpetual disgust), so my regard for the series is muted.
I was prepared to give RED three stars until the conclusion, after which I boosted it to four.Read more ›
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I just finished the third film in the Krzysztof Kieslowski Trois Couleurs series, Rouge (Red). Blue was excellent, White was wonderful, but Red, Red is my favorite. Read morePublished on April 22 2003 by noname
With "Red," Kieslowski completes his trilogy of films with a sigh of relief and a humane and deep feeling of Compassion: embodied in the very human and emotionally available... Read morePublished on April 13 2003 by MICHAEL ACUNA
I just had the opportunity to watch the three components of this magnificent trilogy that wrapped up the creative life of Polish-born director Krzysztof Kieslowski, and while I... Read morePublished on July 18 2002 by Manny Hernandez
In Krzysztof Kieslowski's 1994 Red, we might think that God has taken early retirement. A retired Geneva judge conducts telephone surveillance of his neighbors in a kind of weary... Read morePublished on Nov. 13 2001 by Phil Steele
In the third and final film of his celebrated TROIS COULEURS trilogy, Krzysztof Kieslowski attempts to show how all persons, whether they know it or not, are mysteriously connected... Read morePublished on June 26 2001 by The Sentinel
The movie forces you to think, analyze and look at the world from so many different angles. Is there indeed a parallel world out there.Published on June 12 2001
Red unfolds slowly in your mind. It would be wise to view this film several times. The layering is rich and complex. Read morePublished on March 7 2001 by dan
This third and final installment of Kieslowski's trilogy was probably the best story of the three with many people's paths unknowingly crossing and with excellent performances from... Read morePublished on Feb. 22 2001 by EriKa
Every great director creates a sort of myth around his or her work. For Kieslowski, his ultimate denouement finds its place in Red. Read morePublished on Sept. 5 2000 by The Loved One