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Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: Grieving, Therapy, Cinema and Kieslowski's Trois Couleurs: Rouge
Author(s): Izod, John
Dovalis, Joanna
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Keywords: Post-Jungian analysis
senex and anima
technology and human communication
psychological completion
Issue Date: 2008
Date Deposited: 6-Nov-2008
Citation: Izod J & Dovalis J (2008) Grieving, Therapy, Cinema and Kieslowski's Trois Couleurs: Rouge. Jung Journal, 2 (4), pp. 70-94.
Abstract: Cultural associations with red are potent. They include blood and intense passion, injury and death, love and life; and all these are authentic indications of Kieslowski’s themes. Yet in this film the connotations of the colour are not exclusively traditional because the heroine, a model, will have her image displayed on a gigantic scarlet billboard to promote bubble gum. The model’s glamorous, colour-saturated but transient world and the grey existence of an emotionally constipated senex come into contact. The initially hostile contact between this ill-matched pair brings them not into each other’s arms – this is no romantic comedy – but, through discovery of each other’s weaknesses and strengths, to a degree of completion (not perfection) in which conscious and unconscious are better aligned. In part they are moved by synchronicities in which the life of a young advocate begins to echo the judge’s past. Not only this factor (which extends the reach of the drama beyond the odd couple) but the ever present cultural socio-cultural background of advertising and judicial morality generalise the issues of the main protagonists across the European collective. Eventually the unforgettable calamity with which the film ends brings into focus the characteristics of the main protagonists from the entire trilogy that renders them psychologically convincing survivors.
DOI Link: 10.1525/jung.2008.2.4.70
Rights: Published as ‘Grieving, Therapy, Cinema and Kieslowski’s Trois Couleurs: Rouge in Jung Journal, 2, 4 (Fall 2008) 70-94 . © 2008 by the Regents of the University of California/Sponsoring Society or Association. Copying and permissions notice: Authorization to copy this content beyond fair use (as specified in Sections 107 and 108 of the U. S. Copyright Law) for internal or personal use, or the internal or personal use of specific clients, is granted by the Regents of the University of California/on behalf of the Sponsoring Society for libraries and other users, provided that they are registered with and pay the specified fee via Rightslink® on Caliber ( or directly with the Copyright Clearance Center,

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