“You’re a Cop.” Reply with a snap of suspenders. “Worse. A Judge.”

Lee Heidhues 4.16.2023

The captioned colloquy above sums up in a few words the mysterious brilliance of Three Colours Red.

Shortly after this scene the main characters have the colloquy, “You’re a Cop.” Reply with a snap of suspenders. “Worse. A Judge.”

Favorite movie of all-time edition.

I watched this film twice during its cinematic release in 1994 and have viewed it too many times to remember since.

It’s really no contest. It’s fascinating, deep and thought provoking every time.

The third in the classic Three Colors trilogy by Krzysztof Kieslowski.

Fully framed original movie poster. Red – A Film by Krzysztof Kieslowski (1994)

Three Colours Red


Three Colours: Red (FrenchTrois couleurs: RougePolishTrzy kolory: Czerwony) is a 1994 romantic mystery film co-written, produced and directed by Polish filmmaker Krzysztof Kieślowski.

It is the final installment of the Three Colours trilogy, which examines the French Revolutionary ideals; it is preceded by Blue and White. Kieślowski had announced that this would be his final film, which proved true with the director’s sudden death in 1996. 

Red is about fraternity, which it examines by showing characters whose lives gradually become closely interconnected, with bonds forming between two characters who appear to have little in common.

Red was released to universal critical acclaim and was nominated for three Academy Awards, including Best Director for Kieślowski. It was also selected as the Swiss entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 67th Academy Awards, but was disqualified for not being a majority-Swiss production.

As of 2022, it is one of only two films to receive perfect ratings on both Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic, along with Fanny and Alexander.

San Francisco Chronicle ad for RED at the long closed Landmark Bridge Theater – 1994
Irene Jacob – the innocently seeming but inquisitive protagonist in Red