In this meditation on the need for passion and human connection — the final film in Krzysztof Kieslowski’s “three colors” trilogy — an accident brings together two very different people: Valentine (Irene Jacob), a model, and Joseph (Jean-Louis Trintignant), a retired judge.

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Director: Krzysztof Kieslowski
STC Genre: Out of the Bottle

  • “Wish” – a wish for connection, true love, something that never happened in the old man’s life
  • “Spell” – in a weird way, he’s reliving his life again in a different way through another man
  • “Lesson” – learning what really matters

A classic of sort, this is a slow “savoring the moment” meditative story of love and fate, right and wrong, life and death. It seems, the director tried to use the least amount of action to get the point across, and make you think on your own. Who’s right? What’s really happening? You decide. Take your time.

From the technical point of view, the camera work is beautiful – the use of color (especially red) is very deliberate and powerful. Pulling focus, slight camera moves – they are almost imperceptible, but add much depth to the emotional charge. Just as all the other aspects – lighting, music, costumes, decor – the list goes on. And yet, with all the deliberation, it looks very natural, the way it should be. The true magic is invisible.