Saturday, July 9, 2011


I just re-watched Red, the third film in Krzysztof Kieslowski's Trois Couleurs trilogy and my personal favorite. If you have never seen them, you ought to; they are all beautiful to look at if nothing else about them grabs you. The cinematography in Red is particularly gorgeous, and is helped by how beautiful and fragile Irene Jacob is as lonely model Valentine. The Geneva setting, too, is rendered both romantic and charming enough to make me want to move there and live a simple, good life. It's also the kind of quietly emotional story that makes you feel connected to the human condition with its subtleties and the vulnerabilities of the characters trying to deal with heartache.

I love the variety of perspective used in filming; sometimes we are right behind Valentine seeing what she sees, sometimes on the outside looking in on her life from a distance.

Nearly every scene in the film is permeated with pops of red.

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