Three Colors: Red ★★★★★

Wow. Incredible!

Red is easily my favorite film in the Three Colors trilogy. Kieslowski imbues the film with his visual brilliance and consummate storytelling that culminate in a satisfying conclusion to the film and the trilogy itself. The opening sequence with the camera tracking the telephone lines and the invisible wavelength in high speed is executed in such a brilliant way to establish the film’s central themes of superficial connection and invasion of privacy. Couldn’t asked for a better introduction.

Red follows Irene Jacob’s Valentine, a model who learns that a retired judge named Kern (Jean-Louis Trintignant) spies on his neighbor’s telephone calls. The movie, bearing relevant political overtones, taps into the contentious issue regarding personal space that is gradually being obliterated by technological advancement. Kieslowski seems to suggest that knowing other people’s private information is almost tantamount to having the mindreading power. He also weaves the lives of three different characters together through effective camerawork and smooth editing.

As expected, the titular color permeates every shot of the film without overwhelming the scene’s overall color composition. Kieslowski creates rich, interesting central characters brought to life by the riveting Jacob and Trintignant. Each film in the trilogy is defined by distinct emotional themes. If Blue deals mainly with grief and White with bitterness, then I'd say Red deals with guilt. A truly remarkable piece of cinema by Kieslowski!

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