#249: Three Colors: Red (1994)

When and how did I watch this?

August 19th, 2015, on YouTube.  I settled for a FastBreak bar, and my wife had a massive Slurpee.

Had I seen this film already?


What did I know about the movie before watching it?

French subtitles, and I read that it was one of three in a series. Not necessarily a trilogy, but somehow tied together.

What do I know about it now?

French movies are certainly done differently. No guns, no murders, no bizarre plot twists.  It was simple, and it was beautiful.

What are some themes in the film?

Fate was the largest theme.  It was interesting how two untrusting people were required to rely upon one another during a twist of fate (or coincidence, depending on how the viewer perceived it) that resulted in pretty much everything else.

Did this affect me personally?

Not really.  I thought it was clever, but that’s about it.

Why is this ranked #249?

I have no idea.  I thought #250 was better; it already got knocked off of the updated Top 250.

Did my wife watch/like it?

She loved it.  I had to ask her what was going on a few times.

Would I watch it again?


Would I recommend it to a friend?

Nah.  It’s not a terrible movie, but I don’t think they’d be missing out.

Does it deserve to be on this list as one of the greatest films of all time?


Perhaps it was because it was the last of three movies — though I found out they weren’t really designed to be connected — or perhaps it was the subtitles.  But I didn’t find this one particularly compelling. I think I was hoping for more.

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  1. Not a fan of movies with subtitles because I have to look at the subtitles, look back to the movie, back to subtitles, etc. I feel as if I’m missing some significant part of the movie. And a significant part of a movie can be one character looking at another person…a quick flash of the film missed because I was reading the bottom of the TV screen


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