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Three Colors: Blue
Three Colors: Blue is the first part of Kieslowski's trilogy on France's national motto: Liberty, Equality, and Fraternity. Blue is the story of Julie who loses her husband, an acclaimed European composer and her young daughter in a car accident. The film's theme of liberty is manifested in Julie's attempt to start life anew free of personal commitments, belongings grief and love. She intends to spiritually commit suicide by withdrawing from the world and live completely independently, anonymously and in solitude in the Parisian metropolis. Despite her intentions, people from her former and present life intrude with their own needs. However, the reality created by the people who need and care about her, a surprising discovery and the music around which the film revolves heals Julie and irresistably draws her back to the land of the living.
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…
Well, that was amazing. White and Red, here I come.
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…
Directed by - Krzysztof Kieslowski
Written by - Krzysztof Kieslowski and Krzysztof Piesiewicz
Starring - Juliette Binoche, Benoît Régent, Florence Pernel, Yann Trégouët, Emmanuelle Riva and Charlotte Véry
Allow me to begin with a confession; I’m a tad disappointed. I’d heard nothing but great things about Bleu, the first in Kieslowski’s Three Colours Trilogy, and whilst I obviously enjoyed it very much – as evidenced by my high rating – the film lacked some of the emotional depth that I was expecting. There was something, something that I can’t quite put my finger on, that seemed to be missing…
Let me explain; Bleu is a fascinating and stunning piece of cinema that gets you in the head, the heart and…
After he completed "Red" (1994), the final film in his "Three Colors" trilogy, Krzysztof Kieslowski announced that he would retire. This was not a man weary of work. It was the retirement of a magician, a Prospero who was now content to lay aside his art--"to read and smoke." When he died two years later, he was only 56.
Because he made most of his early work in Poland during the Cold War, and because his masterpiece "The Decalogue" consists of 10 one-hour films that do not fit easily on the multiplex conveyor belt, he has still not received the kind of recognition given those he deserves to be named with, like Bergman, Ozu, Fellini, Keaton and Bunuel. He is…
Amazing! Thats all I can say! MUST SEE! Loving it
Quite possibly the most exceptional use of film form as poetry. One of my all time favourites.
100/100 - Masterful
juliette binoche is a goddamn treasure, masterfully emoting with so little. we can never let binoche die. ever. anyways, what a solid, texturally rich exploration of grief and the solitude and seemingly self inflicted pain inherent with it. are the fade ins/fade outs a bit obvious? a bit....... but what they indicate means so much more than the initial frustration i had, and after digesting the film a bit i really, really appreciate them. i can't wait to watch white/red.
One word: perfect
It's the best of the three and one of my all-time favorites. It shows liberty not in a classical way, but in an introspective sense that gives us a feelings ranging from loneliness to independence to even unity. Unity through relationships, be it small or substantial or even the musical notes on a sheet. The cinematography is beautiful and the music is powerful. One of Kieślowski's many master works. Juliette Binoche is awesome.
Even though I did watch Three Colors: Blue back in the 90's, I can't say that I remembered a single thing from it as I re-watched it today. And I'm actually glad of that. It was like watching this wonderful film for the first time.... again. What I do remember is that I enjoyed Blue my first watch, and happily, I found it just as fine, if not finer, today.
Three Colors: Blue works on every level. Visually, there are so many beautiful images to linger over that there isn't a dull moment, even when the story slows down. And it is a slow story, but not to a fault. Again, you are invited to leisurely breathe in the film,…
One hell of a film, I'll have to review this in completion once I've seen White and Red
So happy I re-watched this. I liked it the first time, but I admired Binoche's gorgeous performance and the film's quite and affecting emotional core so much more. Not to mention, the sound in this is really gorgeous and made better by the Criterion's transfer. Can Kieslowski direct my life? His camerawork is perfect.
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