Three Colors: Red

Trois couleurs: Rouge

dir. Krzysztof Kieslowski

TIFF Cinematheque - Retrospective

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A beautiful young model (Irène Jacob) becomes involved with a voyeuristic ex-judge (Jean-Louis Trintignant) in the concluding panel of Krzysztof Kieslowski's Three Colors triptych.
The final film of Kieslowski's career and the concluding panel of his Three Colors triptych is a majestic restatement of his signature themes of chance and destiny, of unexpected events that reveal themselves as fated. Red features Jean-Louis Trintignant as a reclusive retired judge who spends his days electronically eavesdropping on his neighbours. A young model, Valentine (Irène Jacob), unhappy with her possessive boyfriend, accidentally intrudes into the judge's ordered, solitary life, igniting a passion the reserved man seemed incapable of. Employing the colour red in every scene to signify many things — passion, mortality, danger, obsession — the philosophical Polish director made his exit from cinema and from life by pondering the mysteries of human connection and the vagaries of fate. "This is the kind of film that makes you feel intensely alive while you're watching it, and sends you out into the streets afterwards eager to talk deeply and urgently" (Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times).