A model discovers a retired judge is keen on invading people's privacy.
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Irène Jacob ... Valentine
Jean-Louis Trintignant ... Le juge
Frédérique Feder ... Karin (as Frederique Feder)
Jean-Pierre Lorit ... Auguste
Samuel Le Bihan ... Le photographe (Photographer) (as Samuel Lebihan)
Marion Stalens Marion Stalens ... Le vétérinaire
Teco Celio Teco Celio ... Le barman
Bernard Escalon Bernard Escalon ... Le disquaire
Jean Schlegel Jean Schlegel ... Le voisin
Elzbieta Jasinska ... La femme
Paul Vermeulen Paul Vermeulen ... L'ami de Karin
Jean-Marie Daunas Jean-Marie Daunas ... Le gardien du théâtre
Roland Carey ... Le trafiquant
Brigitte Raul Brigitte Raul
Leo Ramseyer 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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Genres:

Drama | Mystery | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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This film is part of the Criterion Collection, spine #590. See more »

Goofs

When Valentine runs over Rita, her collar indicates that her owner lives in the suburb of Carouge in Geneva, yet Valentine drives her to Cologny on the other side of town. See more »

Quotes

Valentine: I feel something important is happening around me. And it scares me.
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Beautiful, mysterious, and unusual love story
10 September 2004 | by bondgirl6781See all my reviews

One of my favorite films of all time. With beautiful cinematography and a story that ties the previous Kieslowski films ("Blue" and "White") together. The film introduces us to Valentine (played by the glowingly real Irene Jacob), a beautiful and innocent Swiss model and student, who at first glance seems to be happy until one night she accidentally runs over a dog. The dog belongs to a retired old Judge who finds fulfillment in listening to his neighbors telephone calls via wavelength radio. Valentine is at first disgusted and pities him in his own self-pity and despair. But as the Judge and Valentine get to know one another a strange, but fateful bond begins to form. As a subplot, a handsome young Judge named Auguste (who lives across the street from Valentine) has experiences that are exactly like those of the Old Judge! Experiences that will soon lead Auguste into Valentine and into a reunion with characters from the French flag colors trilogy.

I loved the love story withing a love story plot and the mystery that resolves the characters that eventually fate takes a hand and lead them to each other. Irene Jacob is absolutely lovely in the role of Valentine. Her large brown eyes seem to echo this innocence and curiosity that is both passionate and touching. It's a film that asks us to watch out for the signs that will soon lead us to our destinies. A very intriguing film and a movie lover's dream.


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Country:

Switzerland | France | Poland

Language:

French

Release Date:

23 November 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Three Colors: Red See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$3,581,969

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,581,969
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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