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Trois couleurs : Rouge

(The Three Colours Trilogy: Red)

Must-See Cinema! The third film in Krzysztof Kieslowski beloved trilogy!

The Three Colours trilogy Blue (1993), White (1994) and Red (1994), notionally colour-schemed in the manner of the French flag, is structured around the classic themes of the French republic: liberty, equality and brotherhood.

However, the real themes of the trilogy are more disparate, more chaotic, less high-minded, and far more interesting: the unending torture of love, the inevitability of deceit, the fascination of voyeurism and the awful potency of men’s fear and loathing of women. To throw everything away, including one’s very identity, and start over is another powerful, recurrent motif.

Poster for the meta-drama Trois Couleurs: RougeThe Three Colours trilogy is like a gigantic, puzzling three-part installation, resplendent with its own self-confident strangeness and beauty. To watch just one film deprives you of the flavour.

– Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

Valentine (Irène Jacob) is a young model living in Geneva. One night, she hits a dog with her car, leading her to meet a retired judge (Jean-Louis Trintignant). The judge has an unusual hobby: he eavesdrops on his neighbours' phone calls, not for money but to feed his cynicism.
The film is the story of relationships between some human beings. This includes Valentine and the judge, but also other people who may not be aware of the relationship they have with the principal characters. Redemption, forgiveness and compassion...


Derrière la trilogie Trois couleurs de Kieslowski, il y a une idée simple : réaliser un film pour chaque couleur-symbole du drapeau français. Liberté, égalité, fraternité. Il ne s’agit pas d’illustrer platement chaque concept, mais d’en extraire l’essence. Les films fonctionnent séparément, et il n’est pas nécessaire de les voir ensemble. Toutefois, Kieslowski s’est amusé à mettre en place un complexe jeu de résonances entre chaque film. C’est pourquoi nous conseillerons de les voir les trois à la suite : l’expérience n’en est que plus convaincante.

– Julien Elalouf, À Voir, à lire

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