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Three Colors: Red (1994)

Trois couleurs: Rouge (original title)
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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.
Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 17 wins & 22 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

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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Storyline

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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Drama | Mystery | Romance

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Rated R for a brief but strong sex scene | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

23 November 1994 (USA)  »

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$4,043,686 (USA)
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(Eastmancolor)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

SERIES TRADEMARK: In all three parts of the trilogy, an elderly person can be seen trying to throw an empty bottle into a recycling bin. In this final entry, Valentine (Irène Jacob) helps her, while in the other two parts the main character just watches. See more »

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A stage hand reflected in the window upon Valentine's first visit to the Judge's house. See more »

Quotes

Valentine: Excuse me... the door was open. I'm sorry, I think I ran over your dog. Rita. A German Shepherd.
The Judge: [Displaying little interest] It's possible. She disappeared yesterday.
Valentine: She's in my car. Alive. I don't know what to do.
Valentine: [after getting no response from the judge] Would you like me to take her to a vet?
The Judge: [Displaying little interest] As you wish.
Valentine: If I ran over your daughter, would you react the same way?
The Judge: [Displaying no emotion] I don't have a daughter, miss.
The Judge: [pauses, then turns to her] Go away... and don't...
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The Film I Will Always Remember Krzysztof Kieslowski For.
19 April 2003 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The final and most haunting of Polish director Krzysztof Kieslowski's (Oscar-nominated) "Three Colors" Trilogy. "Red" completed a trilogy which paid homage to France and also sent a gift of philosophy and originality to the world cinema. It is once again modern-day France and a beautiful young model (the illuminating Irene Jacob) accidentally runs over a dog in her car. She discovers the dog belongs to an old retired court judge (Jean-Louis Trintignant). Trintignant is an elderly man who is a natural cynic and proves that the world is not what it seems by spying on all those around him in the neighborhood (even going so far as tapping into others' phone conversations). Jacob and Trintignant then go on an emotional journey together to learn that we are all connected in this topsy-turvy world. Thus the film ends up representing the French flag's red which shows the nation's fraternity. In the end the series is wrapped up with the strangest of twists that admittedly feels a little a forced. All three films in the trilogy are neatly tied together and that is really the only problem I had with this otherwise fine motion picture. Kieslowski and long-time co-writer Krzysztof Piesecwicz (Best Original Screenplay Oscar nominees in 1994) put a yellow ribbon on a strong professional partnership that always toed the line of greatness and went over the top here. When the "Three Colors" Trilogy was completed, Kieslowski (who had dominated the French and Polish cinema for nearly 25 years) vowed that he would never work again in movies. Sadly that would become a reality as the famed director would die in 1996, still in his mid-50s. Krzysztof Kieslowski's works are highly deep and very philosophical in all major respects. His trilogy was a fitting conclusion to a wonderful career and "Red" is a crowning achievement to one the finest film-makers who ever lived. 4.5 out of 5 stars.


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