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Three Colours: Red

The conclusion to the 'Three Colours' trilogy is set in Geneva and focuses on Valentine (Jacob), a young model with an absent but possessive boyfriend. After running over a dog, Valentine tracks down its owner, a reclusive, retired judge (Trintignant) who eavesdrops on phone calls, including those between a law student and his lover, a weather reporter. While Kieslowski dips into various interconnecting lives, the central drama is the electrifying encounter between Valentine - caring, troubled - and the judge, whose tendency to play God fails to match, initially, the girl's compassion. It's a film about destiny and chance, solitude and communication, cynicism and faith, doubt and desire; about lives affected by forces beyond rationalisation. The assured direction avoids woolly mysticism by using material resources - actors, colour, movement, composition, sound - to illuminate abstract concepts. 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.

Release details

Rated: 18
Duration: 96 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Krzysztof Kieslowski
Screenwriter: Krzysztof Kieslowski, Krzysztof Piesiewicz
Cast: Irène Jacob
Jean-Louis Trintignant
Frédérique Feder
Jean-Pierre Lorit
Samuel Lebihan
Juliette Binoche
Julie Delpy
Benoît Régent
Zbigniew Zamachowski

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Peter Lock

Things are going smoothly and I am confident Tuesday will be a success! Please make sure that your advisors send me an email when they have approved your final version. If you are submitting your work as a pdf file, it has to come via me (I will have a look and send it on to the MLS office). See you on Tuesday, and thank you very much for all I have learned from you this semester! In praise of love between two unlikely people who need and find together tenderness, compassion, and comprehension. Wonderfully wrought through color, tone, and tempo.

Peter Lock

Things are going smoothly and I am confident Tuesday will be a success! Please make sure that your advisors send me an email when they have approved your final version. If you are submitting your work as a pdf file, it has to come via me (I will have a look and send it on to the MLS office). See you on Tuesday, and thank you very much for all I have learned from you this semester! In praise of love between two unlikely people who need and find together tenderness, compassion, and comprehension. Wonderfully wrought through color, tone, and tempo.