Three Colors: Red

Three Colors: Red ★★★★

Red is about the beauty of serendipity, and about the sometimes cruel, constantly mysterious, yet ultimately hopeful ways of fate. In this spontaneous tale, two broken souls connect as a result of a run over dog, and ultimately change each other's life path forever. It's a delicate story that requires tremendous visions and styles to pull off, and director Krzysztof Kieślowski was more than capable to present such a deceivingly mundane story as a visually and thematically memorable statement on life that's equal parts shattering and heartfelt.

With an overwhelming red color palette, Kieślowski presented a pleasingly bright cinematography that's complimentary to the very story he tried to depict. With the primary focus on the eventful encounters between the two protagonists, a young model troubled by her love life, and a retired, impassive judge haunted by his past, Red is relentless in its masterful buildup of tensions and suspense that only unravel in the end, in the most humane manner. The acting caliber is highly impressive, with both Irene Jacob and Jean-Louis Trintignant showing off an intimate chemistry while delivering highly subtle performances. Red is extremely patient with its storytelling, and holds off its giant surprise until the last five minutes where a news broadcast brings about the only shocker of the whole story, which serves as such a potent echoing of the theme, as well as a perfect conclusion to this overall impressive trilogy. Highly recommended.

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