It goes beyond me how much of a genius Kiéslowski is, really. The movie started out a bit slow-paced but I was patient. Near towards the middle, I began noticing a great deal of attention that was given to detail by Krzysztof in regards to everyone but to the main character. She is the pawn, everything else breeds charm and eternity to the beauty and pain of how finite life is, along with its sorrows and triumphs.
Blue was a tragedy, White was a comedy, so it’s only fitting that Red would be a third great staple of dramatic presentation: Romance. It’s not a romance though in the traditional sense of the word, more a deeply romantic film, that culminates in an implied romance, and features romantic characters, but throughout no real romance it focuses on. It’s an entrancing investigation into fate, as is the trilogy.
Shot using beautiful lighting and good narrating camera work, the film explores freedom by showing telephone tapping (privacy), the judge (sentencing) and human relationships (emotional freedom). It also centers friendship, starting with the touching encounter with Rita, followed by the gradual befriending of Pierrot. Some stuff I didn't get and seemed too symbolic and coincidental for my taste, but it's a good film.
I'm not sure "better" should be part of the conversation when considering Blue and Red. Both films are equally as challenging and eagerly engrossing, so it really becomes all about what you like. & even though I love Juliette Binoche & the lush musical density of BLUE, the color and visual space of RED is the most riveting of any Kieslowski and Jacob's performance is a sight to behold.
I am deeply, deeply moved and affected by these three films. I cannot say that I've ever had a cinematic experience quite like it. All three films are ethereal, mystical meditations unto themselves, but with the summation comes a colossal catharsis. Sadness doesn't even begin to describe the loss of Kieslowski. He left us with a bewitching human trilogy that will remain in my soul for years to come.