Kieslowski completes his Three Colours Trilogy and indeed his career, with a tale of parallel lives and interwoven destinies, and draws connecting threads with the two previous films. Valentine, a Swiss model, runs over a dog belonging to a retired judge. She discovers that he uses his amateur radio equipment to eavesdrop on his neighbours’ phone conversations. He urges Valentine to denounce him if her conscience commands.
Meanwhile, a young lawyer studying for his final exams is unaware that his girlfriend, a weather forecaster, is unfaithful. The student and Valentine live in the same suburban street and pass each other daily but have never met. Their paths cross and re-cross in a weft of portent, coincidence and unrecognised sign. Red encompasses fraternity.
Superbly acted, photographed and scored, it is the most complex film of the three and echoes distinctive grace notes which span an entire career.
Irène Jacob, Jean-Louis Trintignant, Jean-Pierre Lorit