Three Colors: Red (Trois couleurs: Rouge) (1994) - Rotten Tomatoes

Three Colors: Red (Trois couleurs: Rouge)1994

Three Colors: Red (Trois couleurs: Rouge) (1994)



Critic Consensus: A complex, stirring, and beautifully realized portrait of interconnected lives, Red is the captivating conclusion to a remarkable trilogy.

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A beautiful model named Valentine crosses paths with a retired judge, whose dog she runs over with her car. The lonely judge, she discovers, amuses himself by eavesdropping on all of his neighbors' phone conversations. Near Valentine's apartment lives a young man who aspires to be a judge and loves a woman who will betray him. From these characters' proximity comes spiritual kinship and mutual redemption.

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Irène Jacob
as Valentine Dussaut
Jean-Pierre Lorit
as Auguste Bruner
Samuel Le Bihan
as Le photographe (Photographer)
Marion Stalens
as Le Vétérinaire (Veterinary surgeon)
Teco Celio
as Le barman (Barman)
Bernard Escalon
as Le disquaire (Record dealer)
Jean Schlegel
as Le voisin (Neighbour)
Elzbieta Jasinska
as La femme (Woman)
Paul Vermeulen
as L'ami de Karin (Karen's friend)
Roland Carey
as Le trafiquant (Drug dealer)
Juliette Binoche
as Julie Vignon (de Courcy)
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Critic Reviews for Three Colors: Red (Trois couleurs: Rouge)

All Critics (54) | Top Critics (18)

Kieślowski functions as a sardonic god who plucks his characters from harm at the last moment, having already bestowed saving grace on them. There's something desperate and beautiful about the crossed paths and accidental meetings.

April 10, 2018 | Full Review…

Is it profound or is it facile? When a movie gives you goose bumps, it may not matter.

February 20, 2018 | Full Review…
Top Critic

For all its cleverness, remains in essence the story of a friendship which, across the generations, leaves both parties a little easier with themselves but still prey to fate.

February 17, 2016 | Full Review…

[Kieślowski's] microcosmic scrutiny of the world, sans judgment, suggests all things happen at once.

November 12, 2012 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

The third and best feature of Krzysztof Kieslowski's highly ambitious Three Colors trilogy.

August 8, 2012 | Full Review…

A superb example of French arthouse which is also very watchable.

August 8, 2012 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Three Colors: Red (Trois couleurs: Rouge)


The last and most remarkable film in Kieslowski's Three Colors trilogy is this warm and beautiful depiction of solidarity and fraternity (symbolized by the color red in the French flag), with excellent performances and bringing the trilogy to a wonderful, haunting conclusion.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

A stirring, fitting final chapter to director Krzysztof Kieslowski's "Three Colors" trilogy, dealing with a model (Irene Jacob) who starts a relationship with a reclusive judge (Jean-Louis Trintignant) after a terrible accident. Where "Blue" missed a compelling complementary character to its lead star, "Red" shines from start to finish chronicling two very different people whose relationship does not feel contrived for a second. This is a passionate, intimate, subtle look on life and caring for other people, and it is thanks to two fine actors in Jacob and Trintignant that we care for these characters so much. This is a simple masterpiece that takes its time and never tries to "wow" you, but thanks to a well-controlled screenplay, as well as a devastatingly beautiful final act, it will remain lodged in your memory for eternity. Bravo!

Dan Schultz
Dan Schultz

Super Reviewer


Somewhat surreal and intriguing story, set around the beautiful Lake Geneva, of a young woman just starting out in life meeting a cynical old man who helps her find her way and in return gives him the peaceful release he needs. The pace is a bit slow in the early stages but it builds up to form the best movie in the trilogy.

Ross Collins
Ross Collins

Super Reviewer

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