June 28, 2014
Movie Night: Three Colors: Red.
Review #603: Three Colors: Red.
Irène Jacob (Valentine Dusseau), Jean-Louis Trintignant (Joseph Kern), Jean-Pierre Lorit (Auguste Bruner), and Frederique Feder (Karin) Directed by Krzysztof Kieślowski (#601 - Three Colors: Blue and #602 - Three Colors: White)
This is the last movie Kieslowski ever made, and the last color of this trilogy from France-Poland-Switzerland. Like the other two movies, Red is its own in terms of plot. It isn't as isolated as Blue or darkly comical as White, it is a more optimistic movie, a more passionate movie that utilizes its main two actors exquisitely. Jacob is interesting, but Trintignant is even more interesting to watch, his character grows as the film progresses, we first see him as just a bitter man who doesn't even care that his dog was run over, but eventually we learn more about this character, his former profession, and his secrets. And while that's happening, a subplot involving the other two actors and how their romance deteriorates so quickly. The movie has red hues, but it also has its own connections to the past two films, such as the bottle sequence. In Blue, Julie sees a lady is seen trying to put a bottle into a container. In White, a man is seen trying to put a bottle into a container as Karol watches, grinning. In Red, Valentine helps an old lady put the bottle into the container. This just shows the level of emotion that varies from film to film to film, as it goes from sadness to helping others, and the final scene connects the three up nicely. All three end in tears, and of the three Blue may be the most sad, but Red is the most poignant and the most fitting. All in all, the movies are well made, well acted, and are all important figments in a great trilogy.
Overall, I give it 9 out of 10 stars.