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Praised by critics nationwide as one of the year's 10 best films, RED is a seductive story of forbidden love -- and the unknowable mystery of coincidence. The final chapter in Krzystof Kieslowski's acclaimed "Three Colors" triology, RED stars sexy Irene Jacob (THE DOUBLE LIFE OF VERONIQUE) as a young model whose chance meeting with an unusual stranger leads her down a path of intrigue and secrecy. As her knowledge of the man deepens, she discovers an astonishing link between his past ... and her destiny! Academy Award(R)-nominated for writing, direction, and cinematography, RED is Kieslowski's crowning achievement -- a fascinating mystery sure to dazzle and entertain!

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5.0 out of 5 stars Portrait in red April 28 2007
Despite being the finale of the critically acclaimed "Colors" trilogy, "Red" ("Rouge") need not be seen after the similarly beloved "Blue" ("Bleu") and "White" ("Blanc"). As warm and rich as the shades of red scattered through it, this film is one of the most compelling non-American releases in years.

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.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Random personal encounters June 2 2003
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RED ends the film trilogy that began with BLUE and WHITE. By the end of RED, it's apparent that one had better see the other two first in order to get the point of them all.
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Compassion and Brotherhood April 13 2003
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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 performance of Irene Jacob as Valentine.
Everything about Valentine's life is chaotic: her boyfriend (who we only hear on the phone and never see) is at the very least, mixed up, she is estranged from her family, and to top everything off...she runs over a dog named Rita. But it is this twist that sets the plot in motion and introduces us to Rita's owner, Joseph Kern (Jean Louis Trintignant) an ex-judge whose secret life involves high-tech spying equipment and listening in on his neighbor's phone conversations. Yet upon seeing Valentine for the first time and hearing the sound of her voice, Kern confesses all and even directs her to inform on him to his neighbors. For Kieslowski and Kern then, Valentine is the symbol of all that is good and as such nothing evil can survive around her.
"Red" is all about caring and making emotional connections. In one very short, very telling scene Valentine watches as a senior citizen tries to put a bottle into a recycle receptacle that is too high for her. Valentine rushes over and helps. This same scene occurs in both "Blue" and "White" but the heroines in those films are too pre-occupied to even notice much less offer help.
"Red" was Kieslowski's last film and he finished it very near the time of his death. It is told in the voice of someone, close to death, who has decided to embrace only what is positive and good. "Red" is ultimately then...about Love.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 1994 was a great year for film
There's a scene in the closing minutes of Three Colors Red which unites the whole trilogy. It's possible to view Red without seeing Blue and White, but the impact of that... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Steven Aldersley
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb Cinema
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 more
Published on April 22 2003 by noname
5.0 out of 5 stars Adorable, fascinating, what else can I say?
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 more
Published on July 18 2002 by Manny Hernandez
5.0 out of 5 stars God takes early retirement
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 more
Published on Nov. 13 2001 by Phil Steele
3.0 out of 5 stars �Do symbols plus pretty pictures equal art?�
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 more
Published on June 26 2001 by The Sentinel
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best movies I've ever seen in my life
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 by "ryzhaya_2000"
5.0 out of 5 stars Layers of life unfold before you...
Red unfolds slowly in your mind. It would be wise to view this film several times. The layering is rich and complex. Read more
Published on March 7 2001 by dan
5.0 out of 5 stars CULMINATION
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 more
Published on Feb. 22 2001 by EriKa
5.0 out of 5 stars Love is blind, good film making is Red.
Every great director creates a sort of myth around his or her work. For Kieslowski, his ultimate denouement finds its place in Red. Read more
Published on Sept. 5 2000 by The Loved One
5.0 out of 5 stars Red is the color of love
This is a sometimes clever, sometimes corny, but always beautiful story of predestined love.
Jean-Louis Trintignant plays a retired judge, corrupted by an all-consuming... Read more
Published on Aug. 22 2000 by Dennis Littrell
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