This third instalment in director Krzysztof Kieslowski’s “Three Colours Trilogy”, based on the colours of the French flag, presents an interesting take on the notion of Brotherhood (“fraternité”). Taking artistic delight in the various ways we try to connect, Kieslowski often uses cellphones and electronic bugging devices to replace face-to-face communication while conveying one of the film’s life lessons by way of a garish billboard. Everyone, it seems, is a voyeur of one stripe or another and while some try to assuage their loneliness by living vicariously through answering machines and headphones others try to simply run away from it. As in the previous two films, “White” and “Blue”, Kieslowski saturates the screen with the titular colour—red intrudes into every scene whether it be a ticket jacket or painted walls—and he mines it for every metaphor he can for even though red is the colour of love, it can also signal danger. A gentle though slightly chilled look at humans in flux which ends with a sly wink to his fans. Sadly, it was also his swan song.
Trintignant acting so wonderful as always. His look ...his charm... his all, for ever and ever! Miss Irene Jacob acting as an innocent young woman fabulous. Kieslowsky the master, and his team creativity absolutely excellent,
The story of the movie a pleasure to the eyes , and to the mind.
I like Rita and her family.
A quiet film permeated with a somewhat melancholy, slightly sinister mood that very gradually turns into a touching, strange yet completely believable, subtle connection between a reclusive retired judge and a beautiful young student and part-time model. There are lots of evocative shots of indoor spaces, reflecting the characters' roiling, restless interior states. The careful, restrained friendship that develops between the judge and the young woman is masterfully portrayed; Jean-Louis Trintignant must be the greatest practitioner of controlled acting. Every move he makes, gestures as ordinary as closing a garage door and holding a teakettle, are incredibly measured. His performance here prefigures his unforgettable role in Amour.
I respectfully disagree with the positive comments here - I found the entire trilogy lackluster and disappointing.
RED is probably the most complex of the three films in Kieslowski's trilogy. The plot is quite involved and it becomes obvious that such an intricacy of story line connections is central to the main thematic subject behind the film, “Fraternity.” To a certain degree, everything is or becomes inter-connected, whether it be the principal characters’ personal lives, their actions, or even objects (e. g. fountain pens, dogs, boats, etc) with which they come in contact. Here the color red permeates the film in the hues of objects such as clothes, cars, billboards, interior details of a theater, houses, apartments, etc. Overall, the color creates a mood signifying love, passion, and, I am assuming, connection or “fraternity,” simply through its presence everywhere in the film’s landscape rather than by any overt symbolic usage as was the case somewhat in BLUE and more obviously in WHITE. Probably the most distinguishing aspect of the film is its philosophical tone manifested as the film progresses in the lengthy discussions between Valentine (Irene Jacob) and Le Juge (Jean-Louis Trintignant), joint discussions about inter-connecting actions which in essence probe the deeper more abstract questions of free will vs determinism, though such terminology is never mentioned during the film. It is these philosophical discussions which ultimately forge a lasting connection of love and friendship between the two. Overall I found the film fascinating and the most intriguing of the trilogy, appealing as it does to both the physical senses, emotions, and intellect.
Truly A Masterpiece!
very well acted...and the movie is outstanding..and of the same caliber as the other 2 movies from the "trilogy". The director also has some humor one needs to understand and appreciate. This last movie (Rouge/Red) brings the 3 movies together...
Well worth watching second time around. Last of the Three Colors trilogy:
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