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.