|Irene Jacob in Krzysztof Kieslowski's Red.|
Three Colors: Red (1994)
directed by Krzysztof Kieślowski
Criterion Collectin #590
This was Kieślowski's last movie, and it makes sense, as kind of a capstone to a career- I'm talking about all three films in the Colors trilogy: Blue, White and Red. Even though they are separate stand-alone plots there are enough inter-linkages to consider them like a single film in three parts. Particularly when you compare it to a 3 or 5 hour career capstone like Fanny and Alexander by Ingmar Bergman- all three films clock in at under five hours of watching time total, and all three are entertaining.
Red is about Valentine, a fashion model, played by Irene Jacob (The Double Life of Veronique.) Valentine is doing her fashion model thing in Geneva when she runs over the dog of embittered former Judge Joseph Kern, a recluse living in a suburban neighborhood and getting his jollies from listening into the phone calls of his neighbors. Valentine is attracted and repelled at the same time. Events spool out in a typically Kieslowskian way with many ringing telephones and breathless conversation in phone booths, all drawing to an epic conclusion that ties the characters of all three films together in a single horrifying accident at the hands of mother nature.