Three Colors: Red (Trois Couleurs: Rouge)

Three Colors: Red


I knew after seeing Blue that I had to do this next; I decided to skip White and go directly to this one. Red is the last of the Three Colors trilogy, and ended up being Krzysztof Kieslowski’s final film, and as such it can be viewed at the height of his prowess. Indeed, the film was so well received it was nominated for Best Director and Cinematography at the Academy Awards; you know, back when foreign films had a real shot at the major awards if they were good enough. And this film is definitely good enough.

While Blue dealt with loss and how one can overcome it, Red deals with the interconnected nature of the world and how chance encounters can affect each of us. It’s a much more personal film; while Blue was more overtly beautiful in shot composition, Red deals a lot more with the story, though there are some very nice composition shots to be found here as well. As in Blue, the titular color has many appearances in the film, and it’s fun to see how they use it to varying effect. The performances are measured, and effective; I don’t know if the actors or actresses are names in France, but they do an excellent job here.

I personally enjoyed Blue more, moreso for the visual aesthetic than the plot, but this film still easily matches the former. Kieslowski hasn’t let me down yet, so I’m excited to get to the last one of his on the list. This one, meanwhile, was an excellent film with all the touches of a master filmmaker. Don’t pass this one up.

Arbitrary Rating: 9/10


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