The third and final part of Kieslowski’s trilogy has been acclaimed as his masterpiece. Immaculately played by an extraordinary cast, ‘Red’ masterfully plays on Kieslowski’s interpretation of brotherhood and destiny.
Irene Jacob is stunning as a young model who meets a retired judge by chance when she rescues his dog from a car accident. Jean-Louis Trintignant is utterly compelling as the embittered judge who spends his days eavesdropping on his neighbours’ phone conversations. Their initially fiery relationship mellows into a close friendship.
A towering figure of Eastern European cinema, Krzysztof Kieslowski was born in Warsaw, Poland, on June 27, 1941. His formative years, spent under the specters of Hitler and Stalin, were nomadic; his father suffered from tuberculosis, and the family traveled from one sanatorium to another. At the age of 16, Kieslowski entered Fireman’s Training College. His stay was short-lived, instilling a lifelong loathing of uniforms and disciplines. To avoid military service he returned to school, later attending the Warsaw College for Theatre Technicians. In 1965, after several previous rejections, he was finally accepted into the famed Lodz Film School — the same institution which launched the careers of Roman Polanski, Andrzej Wadja, Jerzy Skolimowski, and Krzysztof Zanussi — and made his first short feature, Tramwaj (The Tram), the following year.
The communist-controlled Poland of the 1960s and 1970s was a nation of great political unrest. Consequently, film emerged as a crucial means… read more
Krzysztof Kieślowski is a director I’m admittedly not as familiar with as I would like to be. Having seen “The Double Life of Veronique” I immediately was hooked on his visual style, and almost operatic… read review
If you see but three films in your life see Red, Blue, and White by Kieslowski. Then if you have a hankering for just one more I suggest The Double Life Of Veronique. These are masterful tellings of… read review
the film gets better each time I see it – so many universal themes and so much going on. I love the near misses and the superb control Kieslowski has over the whole thing. At one point (while Irene… read review