- Rated: R
- Run Time: 1 hours, 39 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: March 4, 2003
- Originally Released: 1994
- Label: Miramax
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen - 1.85
- Additional Release Material:
- Behind the Scenes
- Featurette: Insights Into Trois Coleurs - ROUGE
- Bonus Footage: Krzysztof Kieslowski Cinema Lesson
- Shorts: RED at Cannes 1994
- Audio Commentary:
- Annette Insdorf
- Jacques Witta
- Irene Jacob (Selected Scenes)
- Irene Jacob
- Marin Karmitz
- Jacques Witta
- Scene Access
- Interactive Menus
Performers, Cast and Crew:
Rolling Stone - 02/23/1995
"...A masterful film on every level and the summation of the themes that fire the trilogy..."
Sight and Sound - 11/01/1994
"...RED is an elusive artefact, refracting different dramatic and emotional patterns....As the third part of a trilogy it also casts new light on its predecessors..."
New York Times - 10/04/1994
"...Succeeds so stirringly that it also bestows some much-needed magic upon its predecessors, BLUE and WHITE....RED gets an additional leg-up from the presence of two exceptionally fine actors, [JACOB and TRINTIGNANT]..."
Entertainment Weekly - 01/20/1995
"...Primal....Kieslowski has created his first full-blooded movie." -- Rating: A
Variety - 05/23/1994
"...[A] beautifully spun and splendidly acted tale....[The] denouement and final image are a satisfying grace note both to this film and the entire trilogy..."
Film Comment - 07/01/1994
"...Impeccably made....[Trintignant] gives a pristine performance..."
Chicago Sun-Times - 12/02/1994
"...This is the kind of film that makes you feel intensely alive while you're watching it..."
The final installment of Polish director Krzysztof Kieslowski's brilliant THREE COLORS trilogy, RED stands for Fraternity (of Liberty and Equality) in the French flag and national motto. Valentine Dussaut (the angelic Irene Jacob), a young student and model, accidentally hits a dog with her car. She attends to its injuries, only to discover that the animal's bitter owner, Judge Joseph Kern (Jean-Louis Trintignant), doesn't care for it--or anything--anymore. Valentine adopts the dog, but it runs away, straight back to the judge's home. When she returns to fetch the animal, she is shocked to find the judge eavesdropping on his neighbors' telephone conversations. Although initially morally disgusted, Valentine finds herself mesmerized by him; his sorrow and isolation intrigue her, and mirror her own feelings of sadness. Soon their relationship evolves into a platonic, yet passionate love that frees the judge from his guilt and cynicism, and opens a future of happiness for Valentine. Kieslowski's last film as a director is a bona fide work of art--aesthetically pleasing, philosophically challenging, and supremely engaging. As in the other films of the trilogy where he makes intentional use of the colors of the titles BLUE and WHITE within the films, here he employs the color red, on several levels, to further explore and illuminate the themes of this particular story. Although the director's early death was a tragic loss for the film world, his THREE COLORS trilogy will stand forever as one of cinema's most profound achievements.
The final installment of Polish cinematic genius Kieslowski's THREE COLORS trilogy, RED represents Fraternity (of Liberty and Equality) in the French national motto, and is the third color of the French flag. The film is a moving, philosophical story about the inextricable links between disparate people as a young model becomes involved with a retired judge on a spiritual rather than romantic level. The film received three Academy Award Nominations, including Best Director and Best Original Screenplay.
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Theatrical Release |
- The film was released theatrically in New York City on November 23, 1994.
- RED was filmed in Geneva, Switzerland.
- In addition to being nominated for three Oscars, the film won an award for Best Foreign Film from both the New York Film Critics Circle and the National Society of Film Critics.
- RED was shown at the 32nd New York Film Festival October 1994.
- RED was Polish director Kieslowski's last feature film. Although he publicly retired after completing the THREE COLORS trilogy, he was working on a script for a HEAVEN and HELL diptych at the time of his death, at age 54, in Warsaw, of a heart attack following heart surgery.
- The film's score was performed by the Orchestra Symphonique de Katowice.