Three Colors: Red (1994)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Psychological Drama, Romantic Drama  |   Release Date - Dec 2, 1994 (USA - Limited)  |   Run Time - 99 min.  |   Countries - Switzerland, France, Poland, United States  |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Review by Lucia Bozzola

The concluding film in his "Three Colors" trilogy, Krzysztof Kieslowski's Red (1994) explores the mysterious connections among isolated lives. From the opening shot, zooming through telephone lines for a call that ends in a busy signal, Kieslowski's intricately structured narrative plays off connections missed, accidental and intended, seductively weaving a story of interlocking destinies among the aptly named model Valentine, an embittered, eavesdropping retired judge, and a young jurist. While Kieslowski's mobile camera repeatedly links characters together, the presence of phones, dogs, and a giant billboard of Valentine also suggests bonds among them that will perhaps have a positive effect. With the composition and cinematography steeped in the title color, from orange-amber lighting to the judge's red-brown study, Kieslowski infuses the film with a redemptive warmth that belies its melancholy concerns with loss and loneliness. The themes of the "Three Colors" trilogy were loosely based on the colors of the French flag: Blue (liberty), White (equality), and Red (fraternity). Although the ending brings together all of the trilogy's themes, Kieslowski leaves the stories hanging -- but at a moment of deliverance. Red was nominated for Academy Awards for Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, and Best Cinematography. Upon its release, Kieslowski announced his retirement from moviemaking; he died in 1996.