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TROIS COULEURS: RED (1994)

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. This is the kind of film that makes you feel intensely alive while you’re watching it. SERIES TRADEMARK: In all three parts of the trilogy, an elderly person can be seen trying to throw an empty bottle into a recycling bin. In this final entry, Valentine (Irène Jacob) helps her, while in the other two parts the main character just watches. Final movie for filmmaker Krzysztof Kieslowski. Citing that it does not meet enough of the necessary guidelines concerning a film’s “artistic control” within a foreign co-production, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences disqualified the film from competing as Switzerland’s official entry for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. (In an unprecedented move, Switzerland rejected the Academy’s offer to submit another film.) Miramax Films’ co-chairman Harvey Weinstein persuaded more than sixty industry heavyweights to sign a letter of complaint urging the Academy to reconsider its stance, to no avail. Krzysztof Kieslowski s best known work was the Three Colors trilogy: “Red”, “White” and “Blue”. “Red” brought him Academy Award nominations for best director and best screenplay (with Krzysztof Piesiewicz) in 1995, “Blue” shared the Golden Lion at Venice in 1993, and “White” earned Mr. Kieslowski the best director award at Berlinale in 1994.

 

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