Production compaines: Zespół Filmowy TOR, Le Studio Canal+, France 3 Cinéma, Télévision Suisse-Romande
Contactmusic.com: 4.5 / 5
Director: Krzysztof Kieslowski
Producer: Marin Karmitz
Starring: Irène Jacob as Valentine Dussaut, Jean-Louis Trintignant as Richter Joseph Kern, Jean-Pierre Lorit as Auguste Bruner, Frédérique Feder as Karin, Samuel Le Bihan as Le photographe, Marion Stalens as Le Vétérinaire, Zbigniew Zamachowski as Karol Karol, Juliette Binoche as Julie Vignon (de Courcy), Julie Delpy as Dominique, Benoît Régent as Olivier, Zbigniew Zamachowski as Karol Karol
Red stands as Kieslowski's most convoluted and difficult work of the series, exploring far more than the idea of "fraternity" suggested by the color and delving deep into symbolism and our notion of "coincidence." Jacob is wonderfully watchable in her most nuanced role ever, and Trintignant's crustiness is bizarrely engaging, making you want to dig deeper into his oddly apathetic character who wants "nothing" further from life. Red is confusing but compulsively watchable.
The DVD extras help a lot in clarifying the film and pointing out the little things you probably missed, even after repeat viewings. While I find it hard to listen to Annette Insdorf, who provides a commentary track on all three films, for very long, the comments from Jacob and the "cinema lessons" with Kieslowski himself are very worthwhile. Definitely go for the box set.
Red in black and white.