Three Colors: Red (Trois couleurs: Rouge) (1994)

Three Colors: Red (Trois couleurs: Rouge) (1994)



Critic Consensus: A complex, stirring, and beautifully realized portrait of interconnected lives, Red is the captivating conclusion to a remarkable trilogy.

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A beautiful model named Valentine crosses paths with a retired judge, whose dog she runs over with her car. The lonely judge, she discovers, amuses himself by eavesdropping on all of his neighbors' phone conversations. Near Valentine's apartment lives a young man who aspires to be a judge and loves a woman who will betray him. From these characters' proximity comes spiritual kinship and mutual redemption.
Art House & International , Drama
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Miramax Films

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Critic Reviews for Three Colors: Red (Trois couleurs: Rouge)

All Critics (48) | Top Critics (12)

The third and best feature of Krzysztof Kieslowski's highly ambitious Three Colors trilogy.

Full Review… | August 8, 2012
Chicago Reader
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Another deft, deeply affecting variation on Krzysztof Kieslowski's recurring theme that people are interconnected in ways they can barely fathom.

Full Review… | January 21, 2008
Top Critic

Stunningly beautiful, powerfully scored and immaculately performed, the film is virtually flawless, and one of the very greatest cinematic achievements of the last few decades. A masterpiece.

Full Review… | February 8, 2006
Time Out
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Red succeeds so stirringly that it also bestows some much-needed magic upon its predecessors.

May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

Undaunted by the tremendous emotional and moral valence he has by now invited us to expect, Kieslowski controls the film magnificently, putting to use the shapely formal precision he took an entire career to work out.

Full Review… | June 12, 2002
Top Critic

What makes Red watchable is Kieslowski's arresting visual sense.

December 31, 1999
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Audience Reviews for Three Colors: Red (Trois couleurs: Rouge)


The third, best and most remarkable feature of Kieslowski's Three Colors trilogy is this warm, beautiful depiction of solidarity and fraternity (symbolized by the red color of the French flag) that brings the trilogy to a wonderful, haunting conclusion.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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A stirring, fitting final chapter to director Krzysztof Kieslowski's "Three Colors" trilogy, dealing with a model (Irene Jacob) who starts a relationship with a reclusive judge (Jean-Louis Trintignant) after a terrible accident. Where "Blue" missed a compelling complementary character to its lead star, "Red" shines from start to finish chronicling two very different people whose relationship does not feel contrived for a second. This is a passionate, intimate, subtle look on life and caring for other people, and it is thanks to two fine actors in Jacob and Trintignant that we care for these characters so much. This is a simple masterpiece that takes its time and never tries to "wow" you, but thanks to a well-controlled screenplay, as well as a devastatingly beautiful final act, it will remain lodged in your memory for eternity. Bravo!

Dan Schultz
Dan Schultz

Super Reviewer


Somewhat surreal and intriguing story, set around the beautiful Lake Geneva, of a young woman just starting out in life meeting a cynical old man who helps her find her way and in return gives him the peaceful release he needs. The pace is a bit slow in the early stages but it builds up to form the best movie in the trilogy.

Ross Collins
Ross Collins

Super Reviewer

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