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Three Colors: Red (1994)
"Trois couleurs: Rouge" (original title)

R  |   |  Drama, Mystery, Romance  |  2 December 1994 (USA)
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Final entry in a trilogy of films dealing with contemporary French society concerns a model who discovers her neighbour is keen on invading people's privacy.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Valentine (as Irene Jacob)
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Karin (as Frederique Feder)
Jean-Pierre Lorit ...
Auguste
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Le photographe (Photographer) (as Samuel Lebihan)
Marion Stalens ...
Le Vétérinaire (Veterinary surgeon)
Teco Celio ...
Le barman (Barman)
Bernard Escalon ...
Le disquaire (Record dealer)
Jean Schlegel ...
Le voisin (Neighbour)
Elzbieta Jasinska ...
La femme (Woman)
Paul Vermeulen ...
L'ami de Karin (Karen's friend)
Jean-Marie Daunas ...
Le gardien du théâtre (Theatre manager)
Roland Carey ...
Le trafiquant (Drug dealer)
Brigitte Raul
Leo Ramseyer
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Valentine is a young model living in Geneva. Because of a dog she ran over, she meets a retired judge who spies his neighbours' phone calls, not for money but to feed his cynicism. The film is the story of relationships between some human beings, Valentine and the judge, but also other people who may not be aware of the relationship they have with Valentine or/and the old judge. Redemption, forgiveness and compassion... Written by Yepok

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At the end of the film, one of the main characters carries a dog on the ferry to England. At the time the film was made there was strict anti-rabies quarantine in force and the ferry operator would not have allowed a dog on board if it were not inside an appropriate container AND due to be collected by an approved quarantine kennel. See more »

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Valentine: You're not afraid?
The Judge: I wonder what I'd do in their place. The same thing.
Valentine: You'd throw stones?
The Judge: In their place? Of course. And that goes for everyone I judged. Given their lives, I would steal, I'd kill, I'd lie. Of course I would. All that because I wasn't in their shoes, but mine.
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Kieslowski a masterful painter in Blue, White and Red: see all three!
6 November 1999 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

It is not only difficult to comment separately on the three parts of Kieslowski's trilogy, it seems obvious that the filmmaker wants us to do just the opposite: view them in order, Blue, White, and Red, and consider them together as one complete work. It is true they are distinct stories with distinct themes: liberty, equality, fraternity, and each them is developed with unique applications of intrigue and artistry. They are each well worth seeing independently, but I believe they are best seen as one work. Collectively, I would rate the trilogy as a 9; separately, I place each in my top ten for the years 1993 and 1994.

The color red is most memorable in the third movie as a backdrop in a billboard ad, the profiled model of which is the central of the movie's three main characters. The other two characters do a double-take of a varying degree of recognition when they first come upon the ad, posted larger than life alongside a busy city intersection. This ad is not a major part of the plot of this movie, yet its image becomes striking and is one of the reasons I have called Red a `mind-bending' film. This is the third of Kieslowski's Three Colors trilogy, based on the Blue-White-Red of the French flag and the three parts of its motto, `Liberty, Equality, Fraternity.' The films stay primarily focused on these themes, keeping with the basic levels of one, two, or three main characters, yet with each film the complexity of plot escalates as the three principles move from fundamentally personal (Liberty, Blue) to relational (Equality, White) to social (Fraternity, Red). Red is my favorite of these films, and I give it a 9. It stands by itself as a great film, but one should see Blue and White first for the fullest effect.


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