Trois Couleurs: Rouge

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Overview

The concluding chapter in filmmaker Krzysztof Kieslowski's "Three Colors" trilogy, Red stars the luminous Irène Jacob as Valentine, a young student and fashion model who befriends a bitter former judge Jean-Louis Trintignant, his character a proxy for Kieslowski himself. Their accidental meeting is just one of the many chance encounters woven through the narrative fabric of this feature, the most accomplished effort in Kieslowski's highly ambitious series. Like its predecessors, Red corresponds to a color of the ...
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Overview

The concluding chapter in filmmaker Krzysztof Kieslowski's "Three Colors" trilogy, Red stars the luminous Irène Jacob as Valentine, a young student and fashion model who befriends a bitter former judge Jean-Louis Trintignant, his character a proxy for Kieslowski himself. Their accidental meeting is just one of the many chance encounters woven through the narrative fabric of this feature, the most accomplished effort in Kieslowski's highly ambitious series. Like its predecessors, Red corresponds to a color of the French flag, as well as the color's symbolic attributes. The subject here is fraternity, and indeed, its central characters are all closely connected, their destinies locked on a collision course. The film's final scene even ties up the trilogy by bringing together the protagonists of the other features.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Lucia Bozzola
The concluding film in his "Three Colors" trilogy, Krzysztof Kieslowski's Red (1994) explores the mysterious connections among isolated lives. From the opening shot, zooming through telephone lines for a call that ends in a busy signal, Kieslowski's intricately structured narrative plays off connections missed, accidental and intended, seductively weaving a story of interlocking destinies among the aptly named model Valentine, an embittered, eavesdropping retired judge, and a young jurist. While Kieslowski's mobile camera repeatedly links characters together, the presence of phones, dogs, and a giant billboard of Valentine also suggests bonds among them that will perhaps have a positive effect. With the composition and cinematography steeped in the title color, from orange-amber lighting to the judge's red-brown study, Kieslowski infuses the film with a redemptive warmth that belies its melancholy concerns with loss and loneliness. The themes of the "Three Colors" trilogy were loosely based on the colors of the French flag: Blue (liberty), White (equality), and Red (fraternity). Although the ending brings together all of the trilogy's themes, Kieslowski leaves the stories hanging -- but at a moment of deliverance. Red was nominated for Academy Awards for Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, and Best Cinematography. Upon its release, Kieslowski announced his retirement from moviemaking; he died in 1996.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/30/1996
  • UPC: 786936437331
  • Original Release: 1994
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  • Source: Walt Disney Video
  • Format: VHS

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Irène Jacob Valentine
Jean-Louis Trintignant The Judge
Frederique Feder Karin
Jean-Pierre Lorit Auguste
Juliette Binoche Cameo
Julie Delpy Cameo
Benoit Regent Cameo
Zbigniew Zamachowski Cameo
Technical Credits
Krzysztof Kieslowski Director, Screenwriter
Margot Capelier Casting
Yvon Crenn Producer
Emmanuel Finkiel Asst. Director
William Flageollet Sound/Sound Designer
Agnieszka Holland Consultant/advisor
Corrine Jorry Costumes/Costume Designer
Marin Karmitz Producer
Jean-Claude Laureux Sound/Sound Designer
Claude Lenoir Production Designer
Krzysztof Piesiewicz Screenwriter
Jean-Louis Porchet Producer
Zbigniew Preisner Score Composer
Gérard Ruey Producer
Piotr Sobocinski Cinematographer, Consultant/advisor
Brigitte Taillandier Sound/Sound Designer
Jacques Witta Editor
Edward Zebrowski Consultant/advisor
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 30, 2002

    Cathartic!

    Wonderful final film of Kieslowski. This movie intertwines the ideals of innocence, beauty, parallel lives, destiny, and irony into a film which is so captivating on so many different levels. This movie lifted my spirits and moved me. Red must be released on DVD soon!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 4, 2001

    Great Film by Great Director

    RED is the most powerful film in the Blue, White and Red trilogy. The director was nominated for an Academy Award and had previously done the DECALOGUE. The female lead is outstanding. The story is fascinating and thought-provoking. The writing is very intelligent.

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