Three Colors: Red

Three Colors: Red ★★★★★

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The final and best film of the Three Colors Trilogy, Three Colors: Red sees the most explicit connection made between the three films while also existing as a singular work for which Krzysztof Kieslowski can explore romantic complexity the way he has done with tragedy and comedy. And all to a similar end, with grasping threads throughout to build a more breathing and vibrant universe that conflicts with genre and the ways in which we ought to act.

And in keeping with the theme of the series comes to extraordinary lead performances from Irène Jacob and Jean-Louis Trintignant. I dare not call them the best in the trilogy because I felt like that would be the case after each film: Juliette Binoche and Benoît Régent, Zbigniew Zamachowski and Julie Delpy, and now these two. That's in addition to the supporting cast, who also build on the occasional cartoonishness and color that makes these stories so beautiful and so easily molded to each film's distinct mood.

Finding that perfect rhythm took a few tries, with those attempts being extraordinary films in their own right, but Three Colors: Red is where Kieslowski fully realized the intentions of a world he had begun revealing the year prior. One willing to be sincere, embarrassing, critical, depressing, and awe-inspiring, all to a moment in which significance is seen in hours of disconnection building up to a single second. Thus it is the true end to all three films, and a perfectly ambiguous way to meet all of their needs. Few film series, if any, have felt so broad and yet so meticulous to meet in the middle where their coordination feels so much greater than each individual work. But they must still exist as individual works for that effect to take place, and all three are stunning in that respect alone. Red is a masterpiece made all the more important by the films it makes better, as they do to it.

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