Kieslowski has also repeated a scene from both of the earlier films, showing an old woman vainly trying to stuff a wine bottle into a recycling bin, but with a difference. Here, for the first time, someone comes to the woman's aid. If "Red" does turn out to be, as Kieslowski claims, his final film as a director, there can be no doubt but that he's gone out in brilliant style.
* MPAA rating: R, for a brief but strong sex scene. Times guidelines: It contains complex adult themes.
Irene Jacob: Valentine
Jean-Louis Trintignant: Judge Joseph Kern
Frederique Feder: Karin
Jean-Pierre Lorit: Auguste
Samuel Lebihan: the photographer
An MK2 Productions production, released by Miramax Films. Director Krzysztof Kieslowski. Producer Marin Karmitz, Gerard Ruey. Screenplay Krzysztof Kieslowski & Krzysztof Piesiewicz. Cinematographer Piotr Sobocinski. Editor Jacques Witta. Costumes Corinne Jorry. Music Zbigniew Preisner. Set design Claude Lenoir. Running time: 1 hour, 35 minutes.
\o7 * In limited release at the Nuart, 11272 Santa Monica Blvd., West Los Angeles, (310) 478-6379, and at the Edwards South Coast Village, Costa Mesa, (714) 540-0594. \f7