Trois Couleurs: Rouge

Sunday, 29 November 2009

trois couleurs: rouge

trois couleurs: rouge

trois couleurs: rouge

trois couleurs: rouge

trois couleurs: rouge

trois couleurs: rouge

trois couleurs: rouge

trois couleurs: rouge

trois couleurs: rouge

trois couleurs: rouge

trois couleurs: rouge

trois couleurs: rouge

trois couleurs: rouge

trois couleurs: rouge

trois couleurs: rouge

I could write about this film all day, but I'll spare you my more excessive admiration. Trois Couleurs: Rouge is part of director Krzysztof Kieslowski's Trois Couleurs trilogy, with each film exploring, both symbolically and aesthetically, the colours and symbolism of the French flag: Blue for liberty, White for equality and Red for fraternity. While Blue is an excellently made film which received the most critical acclaim, my favourite is Red.

This is in no small part due to the lead actress of Red: Irene Jacob. She spends much of the film bathed in red and light, waiting for a type of emancipation, family, love and self-actualisation. I also personally think that the film is a form of adaptation of Shakespeare's The Tempest, with Irene Jacob as Miranda. What I love most about this film is the way that it conveys so much of the restlessness, the anticipation, the untried desire and expectation that is often associated with youth. I remember the first time I saw it as an undergraduate student during my first year at university, I felt as if I was watching myself. The idea that you know something is coming into your life, but you can't name it. It's a sort of love affair with yourself, and so very few people have such a love affair for fear of being self-indulgent.

I'm also intrigued by the idea that love has a colour. When did we decide that red is love? There seems to be a whole cultural history to be explored with that concept alone. Kieslowski isn't afraid of love and that's part of the reason why he's my favourite director.

10 comments:

danica said...

oh yes, this is a great film! it would be interesting to research the original ideas behind the semiotic association between the colour red and love.

p.s is it just me or does irene jacob looks incredibly different now? age seems to have altered the construction of her face...

marie said...

oh i love this film too..
so great!

Sundari said...

Hila you write about films so beautifully. I saw the trilogy at the video store and I almost borrowed it because of Danica's post last year, but I didn't know which to watch first. But next time I wont think twice.

Mary-Laure said...

I remember watching the trilogy, when it was released... Irene Jacob is so radiant!
The Blue movie means a lot to me, because I went to see it with a classmate who then became my best friend.

Check out my weekend post about children's lit, I suspect you may find it interesting.

Hila said...

danica: I totally agree, she looks so different now. I think her face has become leaner and more slim.

marie: It is sooo great!

sundari: Thank you :) I think all the films in the trilogy are great, but red is my favourite, followed by blue. The music in blue is so haunting.

mary-laure: she is so lovely, there's something so vulnerable about her too.

Lucie Peacock said...

red is amazing, but white is my favorite.

Hila said...

White is hilarious Lucie.

Roseanna Willis said...

Gorgoeus post.
Must watch this movie :)

Hila said...

Thanks!

Marte Marie Forsberg said...

I will have to see this beauty of a french film.
I just found your blog and was so smitten by it that I had to make it the blog of the week.
Looking forward to reading more on your blog.
Happy holidays!