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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.

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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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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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judge | model | privacy | redemption | money | See more »

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

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2 December 1994 (USA)  »

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$4,043,686 (USA)
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Citing that it does not meet enough of the necessary guidelines concerning a film's "artistic control" within a foreign co-production, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences disqualified the film from competing as Switzerland's official entry for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. (In an unprecedented move, Switzerland rejected the Academy's offer to submit another film.) Miramax Films' co-chairman Harvey Weinstein persuaded more than sixty industry heavyweights to sign a letter of complaint urging the Academy to reconsider its stance, to no avail. See more »

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The hull of the departing ferry as seen through the closing gates is white above the water line. The shots of the capsized ferry show a red hull above the water line. See more »

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A masterwork
22 October 2005 | by See all my reviews

The final part of Kieslowski's trilogy based on the colors of the French flag finds the director at peace with the metaphysical and transcendent nature of the cinematic image. In Red, imagery is paramount, as well as the obvious but clever color coding. However, rather than adhering to empty aesthetic contrivances based on the 'cinema du look', Kieslowski's Red is a multi-layered, densely plotted meditation on the nature of fate and love. In Red, love and fate are intertwined but complex notions, dictated as much by the whims of human beings as the invisible parallel associations that seems to pass us by. You sense Red is really an allegory, a reenactment of Prospero's omnipresent gestures in The Tempest, yet it is more than its story appears. Red demands countless viewings, and in each viewing something new is discovered that weaves itself into the already immaculately plotted structure.

Although Red stands alone as a masterwork from Kieslowski, it's best viewed as part of the trilogy. Elements of Blue and White are referenced in Red, which knowing viewers will enjoy.


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