Three Colors: Red

Three Colors: Red ★★★★½

Third part of the Three Colors "trilogy".

With Red, Kieślowski makes an impressive film that pushes the limitations of the medium by creating a unique world in which things beyond our understanding shape our lives. What dictates the course of life? Coincidence, fate, love, lack of love? The main theme is fraternity, best expressed through the main character Valentine (Irène Jacob), a kind-hearted young model who offers help to those in need, even though she might be in a difficult spot herself. She forms an unlikely friendship with Joseph Kern (Jean-Louis Trintignant), a grumpy retired judge who stopped believing people can be good a long time ago. Through this relationship both characters acquire an appreciation for each other and look ahead with brighter eyes. There's another character by the name of Auguste, a young man who studies to become a judge, that goes through the same problems that Kern went through in his youth. Their paths are so similar it's like they are one and the same, just with a span of 30 years between them. The coincidences are too coincidental to be coincidences. By mirroring their lives (and changing all of these characters' paths so they can overlap) Kieślowski strives for something daring and ambitious. He is like a master puppeteer controlling his characters, directing them in the right way, bringing them together and telling a reaffirming story in the process.

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