Trois Couleurs: Rouge
Three Colors: Red
Directed by Krzysztof Kieslowski
This is the last film in Kieslowski's Three Colors trilogy. The previous films were Blue (which I did review) and White (which I didn't review). I know, I know. I am a loose cannon.
Valentine Dussault is a part time model who accidentally hits a dog with her car. She discovers that the dog belongs to her neighbor, a reclusive retired judge, Joseph Kern, who loves to eavesdrop on his neighbors' telephone conversations. Valentine is disgusted by Kern's activities but ends up overhearing a conversation herself between a couple, Karin and Auguste. Karin and Auguste are seemingly in love, but Kern believes that Karin is dishonest.
The metaphors and symbolism in this film are a bit less heavy handed than in Blue, for which I am thankful. Irene Jacob is as compelling as Juliette Binoche. Well, almost. In any case, I think this is a marked improvement from Blue.
Still, it is a very slow moving film. The characters are also rather inaccessible. Valentine made for a rather dull protagonist. I suppose she was supposed to be the moral center of the film. We all know how I feel about Melanie Wilkes-esque characters.
I might watch White someday, but I kind of think there must be a solid reason for not including it on the List.
Was rejected by the Academy as an entry for Best Foreign Language Film on the grounds that it was not being a majority-Swiss production.