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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.
After the transcendental and beautiful The Double Life of Veronique, Krzysztof Kieślowski strikes again with Three Colors: Blue. This film is another powerful drama that is beautifully shot and has a very nuanced and heartfelt performance from Juliette Binoche. Seeing her character struggling to deal with grief and trying to completely free herself from the past was quite compelling as no matter what she does, memories keep coming back to the surface. The gradual acceptance of grief and the need to tie all loose ends from her past feel very genuine because we can relate to her pain. Music has a significant role in this film as it serves as a haunting force initially but then it ends up helping her dealing with the tragic events. I am anxious to watch the remaining films of the trilogy and I hope they are just as mesmerizing as Blue.
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…
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…
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…
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…
Beautiful stuff, man.
"Perchè lei non piange". O forse: "Perchè lei non piange?".
Questa la risposta della domestica alla domanda postale da Julie, quando scopre la donna di servizio a piangere in uno sgabuzzino per la morte di Patrice e della piccola Anna. Risposta la cui intonazione non sono riuscita ad afferrare: non sono sicura se fosse una domanda o un'affermazione.
Splendidamente girato, in grado di far emergere particolari di luoghi e persone in modo discreto ma puntuale, con una colonna sonora centrale e coinvolgente, questo film mi ha lasciata con l'amaro in bocca.
I personaggi sono caratterizzati con tratti veloci, ognuno sembra rimanere coerente a se stesso, lungo il film. Kieslowski sceglie di tratteggiare dei tipi umani, a mio avviso…
I know that the movie isn't really about music, but I wish that piece at the end was of higher quality.
Beautiful and masterfully directed and acted. The opening sequence really sets the tone. Worth the journey to see all films in the Three Colors trilogy. Blue being my personal favorite.
i guess this movie is not for me
#15 favorite film
The greatest film about grief ever done, it's one of the few works of art that compose seamlessly music and image. Highly symbolic, "Blue" denies exposition and even logic in favor of nuance and emotion that flows from the screen in pristine cinematography and clever editing. In a career full of highs, this is the peak of Juliette Binoche's talent - her face serves as the canvas in which Kieslowski paints the deepest expressions of sorrow.
Three Colors is perhaps a little mundane for most people, but the lead performance and its are good enough to bring me affection.
A composer loses her family and decides to liberate herself from her past - she sells almost all of her possessions, trashes her music and moves to the city. However her music (or her husband’s - the composer is made unclear in the film) haunts her as do lingering mementos of her past.
Like France in the EU, not getting involved in the lives of those less fortunate is the best path for the protagonist until circumstances force her to act.
I feel this is the most artistic of the Three Colors trilogy. The use of imagery of rebirth and death as well as the use of music is done well. Even the heavy-handed moments like Binoche choking down the…
Blue is the first movie in the three colors trilogy by director Krzysztof Kieślowski, about a woman that loses her daughter and husband in a car accident and struggles on how to live her life after that.
This movie as most of Krzysztof Kieślowski work has a really carefully constructed style, it's all built in the colour blue that also shows her emotions and represents the story great.
The story is nice and has a nice evolution of the main character, especially towards the end of the film, I like the relationships and interactions the main character has with the new and old people she meets. The only problem I have with it is that it's a bit slow at the start.
A good film, not at the level of The Double Life of Veronique but nice, 4 stars
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