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8. "Three Colors: Red" (Krzysztof Kieslowski, 1994)
From green to... well, you know. There are those who find it difficult to separate the tonally and narrative distinct chapters of Kieslowski's trilogy, and harder still to pick a peak. But it's always been “Red” for me, for reasons of personal association as much as the film's own formal refinement. The closing chapter was the one I saw first, and the only one I saw in a cinema – accompanied by my parents at the age of 11. I remain as wowed as I was then by its bravura technique (that whooshing opening shot linking two telephone calls across the miles), while its piercing ode to human companionship only grows more resonant as I grow further into adulthood. The trilogy remains a towering achievement, and I understand why the blemish-free “Blue” polled highest with the critics, but my heart runs “Red.”
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