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

R  |   |  Drama, Mystery, Romance  |  23 November 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:
Valentine (as Irene Jacob)
Karin (as Frederique Feder)
Jean-Pierre Lorit ...
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


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)  »

Also Known As:

Red  »

Box Office


$4,043,686 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Juliette Binoche, Benoît Régent, Julie Delpy, Zbigniew Zamachowski:  the stars of Three Colors: Blue (1993) and Three Colors: White (1994), make appearances at the end of this film. See more »


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


The Judge: You think I'm a bastard?
Valentine: Yes.
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Krzysztof Kieslowski's Testament
6 July 2003 | by (Herzlya, Israel) – See all my reviews

This is the last film of Krzysztof Kieslowski - one of the greatest directors in the history of cinema. He intended to retire after this film, so in a way it is his artistic testament. He died a couple of years after making the film, and though it is said that he intended to return to directing, Destiny decided that this was indeed his last. And what a film!

'Rouge' the last film in the three colors French trilogy is actually a very Swiss film. Set in Geneva, one of the two main characters is a Swiss retired judge, and Durenmatt immediately comes to mind. But there is more Switzerland in the cool atmosphere, in the lack of communication of the characters, in the politeness that envelops cruelty of life. Several characters who start with little relationship will come together at the end in a moving and human final, which only a great artist could have staged.

Little else can be said that was not said and written hundred of times. Yes, the film starts slowly, and the fans of the American style of action movies or melodramas will get discouraged first and will get lost as viewers. They deserve it. The film gets quality as it advances, and one of the not so hidden messages is that real life and real humans are more interesting than the Hollywood cartoon and plastic action and characters. Cinema quality is very original, the image being a 'Study in Red', as the title shows. Acting is fabulous, with Irene Jacob and Jean-Louis Trintignant - the later in what will remain probable the best role of his old age.

A great film. Seeing it again probably adds, and I am happy to have it recorded on tape. 9/10 on my personal scale.

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