Directed By: Krzysztof Kieslowski Starring: Irène Jacob

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on 8/14/2007

Short, but nice story. Culmination of the trilogy apparently. Very ontologically inclined, but true to its own interpretation of such.

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Final entry in a trilogy of films dealing with contemporary french society concerns a model who discovers her neighbour is keen on invading people's privacy.


Studio Buena Vista Home Entertainment
SKU 40176134
UPC 786936204247
UPC 14 00786936204247
Format DVD
Release Date 3/1/2005
Rating Rating
Essential Cinema
Love Story
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note The final installment of Polish director Krzysztof Kieslowski's brilliant THREE COLORS trilogy, RED stands for Fraternity (of Liberty and Equality) in the French flag and national motto. Valentine Dussaut (the angelic Irene Jacob), a young student and model, accidentally hits a dog with her car. She attends to its injuries, only to discover that the animal's bitter owner, Judge Joseph Kern (Jean-Louis Trintignant), doesn't care for it--or anything--anymore. Valentine adopts the dog, but it runs away, straight back to the judge's home. When she returns to fetch the animal, she is shocked to find the judge eavesdropping on his neighbors' telephone conversations. Although initially morally disgusted, Valentine finds herself mesmerized by him; his sorrow and isolation intrigue her, and mirror her own feelings of sadness. Soon their relationship evolves into a platonic, yet passionate love that frees the judge from his guilt and cynicism, and opens a future of happiness for Valentine. Kieslowski's last film as a director is a bona fide work of art--aesthetically pleasing, philosophically challenging, and supremely engaging. As in the other films of the trilogy where he makes intentional use of the colors of the titles BLUE and WHITE within the films, here he employs the color red, on several levels, to further explore and illuminate the themes of this particular story. Although the director's early death was a tragic loss for the film world, his THREE COLORS trilogy will stand forever as one of cinema's most profound achievements.
Plot Summary
Summary The final installment of Polish cinematic genius Kieslowski's THREE COLORS trilogy, RED represents Fraternity (of Liberty and Equality) in the French national motto, and is the third color of the French flag. The film is a moving, philosophical story about the inextricable links between disparate people as a young model becomes involved with a retired judge on a spiritual rather than romantic level. The film received three Academy Award Nominations, including Best Director and Best Original Screenplay.
Rolling Stone "...A masterful film on every level and the summation of the themes that fire the trilogy..." 02/23/1995 p.80
Sight and Sound "...RED is an elusive artefact, refracting different dramatic and emotional patterns....As the third part of a trilogy it also casts new light on its predecessors..." 11/01/1994 p.54-5
New York Times "...Succeeds so stirringly that it also bestows some much-needed magic upon its predecessors, BLUE and WHITE....RED gets an additional leg-up from the presence of two exceptionally fine actors, [JACOB and TRINTIGNANT]..." 10/04/1994 p.C15
Entertainment Weekly "...Primal....Kieslowski has created his first full-blooded movie." -- Rating: A 01/20/1995 p.37
Variety "...[A] beautifully spun and splendidly acted tale....[The] denouement and final image are a satisfying grace note both to this film and the entire trilogy..." 05/23/1994
Film Comment "...Impeccably made....[Trintignant] gives a pristine performance..." 07/01/1994 p.3-11
Chicago Sun-Times "...This is the kind of film that makes you feel intensely alive while you're watching it..." 12/02/1994 p.42
Krzysztof Kieslowski
Irène Jacob
Cast & Crew
Frederique Feder - Actor
Irene Jacob - Actor
Jean-Louis Trintgnant - Actor
Jean-Pierre Lorit - Actor
Krzysztof Kieslowski - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1994
Catalog ID 2865503
UPC 00786936204247
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 99 minutes
Color Color
Original Language French
Available Subtitles English
Available Audio Tracks French
Aspect Ratio
DVD, English, Subtitled
Product Attributes
Actor Jacob,Irene
Label Buena Vista Home Video
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD

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