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Three Colors: Blue
A woman struggles to find a way to live her life after the death of her husband and child.
First part of the Three Colors "trilogy".
Direction, score, acting. Krzysztof Kieślowski, Zbigniew Preisner, Juliette Binoche. Kieślowski commands the story in a way that is as unique as it is demanding. The pace is slow without dragging while the plot doesn't have a clear layout, allowing the story to progress naturally and giving the main character Julie the time needed to feel both fully-fledged and real. The visual style is rich and the color blue is used predominantly to evoke Julie's emotional struggle. Preisner's music must be one of the most beautiful I've ever heard. It is crucial not only because of the role it plays in the story as Julie is the wife of a successful composer (and she…
This is my first experience with Krzysztof Kieślowski’s famed Three Colors trilogy. I really loved The Double Life of Veronique…so I figured it was finally time to sink my teeth into this much lauded trilogy. Much like Veronique…I find myself perplexed after watching Blue…but in a good way. Kieślowski seems to have this very unique quality to his films that’s hard to describe in words. They are dream-like and puzzling…they feel familiar yet challenging at the same time. Blue is the perfect example of the type of film that I don’t really ‘enjoy’ while watching, yet days after I’m done with it I can’t get it out of my head.
I think the standout thing about Blue…is Juliette Binoche’s performance…
There is so much that can be read into so many of the films of Krzysztof Kieślowski that, to the outsider or uninitiated, they must seem overly complex and quite possibly completely impenetrable.
Of course, the reality is that is not the case at all. Kieślowski's real genius, for me, was his ability to infuse his films with so many different allegories and visions that he invited the viewer to watch his films in so very many different ways. That is why, when you read reviews of so many of his films, they so often differ in what they have taken away from that viewing.
There is one constant with them, though, and that is that they are really rather…
I have not yet seen the rest of the Three Colors trilogy, so anything I write here is outside of that context.
I am afraid that freedom is a myth. Certainly, we are never free of the consequences of our actions, of our pasts. I wish it were otherwise, but I suspect there is no clean break from the past. Even if we move physically away, the emotional content of the past will linger. Kieslowski illustrates this in a more literal fashion, as Julie attempts to sever all her previous emotional connections--selling the house, trashing the compositions, breaking a heart, escaping into the maze of Paris--but somehow is tracked down by figures from before her grief and loss. The lingering…
I had this film wrong. I last watched it around four to five years ago, and I did enjoy it, but I had it down as a film about grief. It isn't, or not as directly as that. Krzysztof Kieślowski's movie is far more enigmatic than that.
I think I would have to watch this many times to begin to scratch the symbolic surface of this movie. My girlfriend, very astutely as this is the only one of the three Coleur films, she has seen, realised that each film is an exploration of the concepts of Liberté, égalité, fraternité and blue is of freedom.
Juliette Binoche plays Julie de Courcy, the wife of a renowned composer. When she survives a…
No wonder the trilogy has been talked about over the 20 odd years. This first part was incredibly powerful and was quite moving at times.
A plot that moves along slowly but things begin to explain throughout which kept me compelled to the screen.
Juliette was perfect to play in this role with her sweet innocent look but grievement building inside. It was difficult to understand her character why she wanted to throw away all the memories of her past but this is where the film works so well because later on all is revealed. The film shows no matter how much she try's to forget the past something back comes about.
Plenty of colour BLUE which is understandable with…
In the first chapter of the Three Colors trilogy, "Blue" isn't the easiest film to watch for most people, but it's a film in which it's surrealism, mystery, and style always kept me interested. Slow-moving but affective, "Blue" features an emotionally melancholic story about losing loved ones, propelled by it's haunting direction and a vulnerable performance from Juliette Binoche.
those moments where the screen goes to black and plays a rush of symphony music and then returns to the scene... amazing.
2nd viewing, this time with my wife.
A beautiful exploration of grief, loss, connection, isolation, boundaries, and freedom.
Could be a double-feature with Black-Snake Moan, plumbing the depths of the counter-intuitive reality that the right kind of boundaries can create, rather than confine, freedom (to be oneself, to love, to Live). (It could also be paired with the Babadook...)
All of Julie's attempts to break through the reflective surfaces surrounding her further confine her in herself; she is free-falling but is held safe; Julie's agreement with the truth that she cannot free herself from the life she has lived, cannot rewrite what has been written, but only add her own touches to it, opens up a world that is so filled with possibility and emotion that it is almost too much to bear...
Solid performance from Binoche, but the direction and music are often heavyhanded.
All three films in Kieslowski's Three Colors trilogy may be more interesting (and for my money, WHITE is a better over all movie), but this one is undoubtedly the most beautiful.
Not much goes on, narratively. The film is a simple depiction of a woman going through grief after the untimely death of her husband and daughter. Although events come up that change her decisions and life choices, most of the story is told through simply revealing information to her and the audience, and thus showing us her reaction to different news. It's a film with a subdued climax that isn't about the destination so far as it's about the emotional journey.
It's incredibly restrained, and incredibly powerful at moments.…
My first Kieslowski did far more for me than I ever thought it would, and was especially welcomed after having had little time to sit down and watch anything as of late.
The close-ups; the Xtreme close-ups; the eye; reflections; blue everywhere; walking away from it all; diagetic vs. non-diagetic use of music; those first five minutes (the rest of the film as well); the swimming pool as the conscious thought; La Binoche (who gives her best performance here...at least I think - every French-language film I have seen her in, I say the exact same).
The five-second sugarcube (Kieslowski's 'Cinema Lesson' for Bleu is very rewarding, and is a fun six minutes as well).
Sign me up for everything else.
Krzysztof Kieślowski's 1993 film Blue, which is apart of his conceptual Three Colors Trilogy, is a difficult film to assess after my first viewing. This is largely because the film simultaneously works on an both an emotional and cerebral level. At its emotional core, Blue is about Julie, a widow dealing with tragic death of her husband and young daughter. Following this tragedy, Julie attempts to abandon her past and lead a new life without possessions, friends, or lovers. However, she finds that she simply cannot stay isolated from her past, or from the new people who enter her life. I personally responded most to the emotionally powerful start of the film. However, as the film progressed I still found…
Kieslowski does a superb job with every facet of this film: the narrative, the content, the music, the style, etc. From the unique opening shot all the way to the end, it's a grief-ridden journey that leaves a mark. And Binoche has a commanding performance.
Combined the average ratings (Critic's & Users) from IMDb, Rotten Tomatoes, Metacritic and Letterboxd, and then weighted and tweaked the results…