RED (Trois couleurs: Rouge)


Krzysztof Kieslowski’s Red is an unforgettable cinematic experience, and one worth having even if you haven’t seen the first two films of the trilogy, Blue and White.
Irene Jacob is as lovely as human beings get, and the story is
irrelevant in many ways, as I’m content just to watch her glide across
the screen. Having first seen this masterpiece in the theater, it is
clear that one needs to be literally surrounded by the color and the
music in order to “feel” everything Kieslowski intended. But the DVD is
the next best thing. The movie itself? A delightful, somber meditation
on the random, accidental nature of life, and the loneliness that,
ironically, binds us together.

Jacob is Valentine, a young model who meets up with a crusty,
cynical judge (Jean-Louis Trintignant), who is tapping in to other
people’s telephone conversations. A lesser director might have pushed
this angle into the thriller genre, where the “pervert” takes the young
girl hostage and exacts his bitter revenge. Instead, the film is about
incident and character, not plot, and we see quite clearly that luck,
not “the heavens,” often determines our course in life. Some of these
occurrences can be painful and tragic, but just as often, they serve to
illuminate our precarious, yet joyful place in the world. As this is
the sort of film that invites discussion, recommend this DVD to your
closest friends. However, if you have a familiarity with, and love for,
Kieslowski, it is just as likely that you lack friends in any
significant number.

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