Three Colors: Red (review)
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The third of Kieslowski's trilogy, Red is his last movie as a director and probably his best; the brilliant parting shot from an auteur who I would rank among the likes of Bergman and Andrei Tarkovsky. The movie reminded me of the initial part of Tarkovsky's The Sacrifice where the postman talks about Nietzsche's concept of eternal return.
The movie depicts the story of a young model (Valentine) and an old man (Joseph) who was a judge and whose main activity is eavesdropping on his neighbours' telephone conversations. The lives of the two intersect due to Joseph's dog being run over by Valentine. These two are completely different individuals - one, a young woman who has strong convictions about the ideas of good and evil and the other, an old man approaching his death who sees good and evil as it is, without judging them (though he was a judge).
The life of the old man has strong parallels to that of his neighbour, a young judge (Auguste). At times, the viewer might feel the depiction of Auguste's life to be Joseph's dream or recollection. Auguste is in love with Karin who leaves him for another man, who is hinted to be a sailor. And it is a sailor that Joseph declared to be not guilty in his first judgement 35 years ago. Joseph regrets the decision during one of his conversations with Valentine. Towards the end, Joseph tells Valentine that she was probably the woman he loved and never met. Valentine leaves for England to meet her boyfriend in a ferry in which Auguste is also travelling. Auguste is following Karin who is on a pleasure trip with her new lover in a yacht. The ferry and the yacht both meet with an accident and Valentine and Auguste meet, being among the few survivors of the accident.
The reasons why I think the movie points to eternal return are:
However, Joseph plays God by asking Valentine to take the ferry so that Auguste may meet the woman destined for him, which he himself could not.
The movie left me in high spirits because, I felt I was being told
They're both convinced