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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 ›
Set in Geneva, Red's narrative follows Swiss student and photographic model Valentine (Irene Jacob), who, whilst suffering romantic uncertainty (her boyfriend being abroad in the UK), runs over the dog of retired judge (Jean-Louis Trintignant), to whom she returns the injured animal. In parallel Kieslowski runs a storyline of Valentine's neighbour Auguste (Jean-Pierre Lorit), who is training for the bar, and is (similarly) having partner problems via his unfaithful girlfriend, Karin (Frederique Feder). Red's narrative is, of course, important to the extent that it brings out the key elements (foibles, largely) of Kieslowski's characters.Read more ›
It's not because it's meant to be clever, it's not becaue it's got Irene Jacob in it. It's just because it's nice. That's all. You can tell that Kievslowsky really put his heart into it, and it works. There is a really strong if not really silly dynamic to the main characters' relationship. It's also very innocent as well. I love the judge's little home, and the way you can tell it's been his only refuge for a long time. When you see him in court to face up to his responibility for his... sinsitser actions, you can really get to grips with the changes that the two characters are causing in each others' lives.
The ending is also great, and especially great if you've seen the other two films. You will probably laugh out loud at the obsurdity of it. This is not a boring film if you prepare yourself for it, because a lot of French films rely on characters and plot rather than special effects - unlike Hollywood which relies on special effects rather than plot. I don't know whio it was, but someone once said of French cinema "We make little-budget films with huge stories, and Hollywood makes huge-budget films with little stories."
Oh, just watch it. It's great. I think you'd have to be thinking too hard to not like this film...
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It is not a French cinema. Im sorry to hear.Trylogy, decalog etc are Polish great movies.
Kieslowski was one if the greatest directors. Read more
don't think i'm intelligent enough to understand completely , but this was very thoughtful and beautiful film .
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This study of the relationship between a young girl and an elderly man is quite outstanding, and brilliantly acted. After our first viewing we watched it again almost immediately. Read morePublished on 3 Jun. 2013 by Amethyst
making people write long reviews on ggod they receive is in my opinion expecting a lot. surely just a simple word comment is enough??Published on 1 Feb. 2013 by Ms. Julie A. Renyard
Those who have seen all three films in Kieslowski`s famed trilogy will no doubt all have a favourite. Rouge/Red is mine. Read morePublished on 20 May 2012 by KaleHawkwood
This film is gorgeous in every way. I cannot count how many times I've watched it. It is by far my favourite of the 3 colours. I highly recommend this film.Published on 1 Aug. 2011 by SunnysideWays Books