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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.
I'd heard a lot of good things about the Three Colors trilogy and I wasn’t disappointed by the first movie at all.
Blue is not as much about overcoming grief as about living with it in the aftermath of great losses. A meticulous, non-pretentious character study with layers of emotions and thematic depth, Blue follows Julie, a woman consumed by grief after her husband and daughter died in a car accident. It’s at that point in life that memories of the past and a confluence of negative feelings in the present threaten to hold her back from moving on.
An exercise in visual storytelling, Blue presents the audience beautiful imagery embedded with hidden meanings. Kieslowski would sometimes examine mundane objects…
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…
Blue is loss.
Blue is regret.
Blue is a great pain
You try to forget.
Blue signifies grief,
Of the greatest travail.
Blue shows your sorrow,
When at concealing, you fail.
Krzysztof Kieślowski's Three Colors trilogy is probably my personal favorite and one of the most consistently perfect trilogies ever created. The amount of painstaking effort and detail that he put into these three films is at the very least commendable, and at best masterful. The cinematography ensures that there is a constant blue aura surrounding each and every scene, personifying the emotional journey that Julie (Juliette Binoche) experiences throughout the film. Even the costumes and set designs always bear a touch of blue in their presentation, making me marvel…
Now this is everything I want in a movie.
-A sympathetic, relatable character.
-Cinematography that not only looks good but caters to the psychology of the film.
-Unique artistic choices. For example, the use of fades throughout the film.
-Insanely grounded acting.
I own the whole trilogy on DVD so I'll probably watch the other two parts soon.
I am honestly really thinking hard about where this fits on my list, top 10? Top 5? I have so many wheels turning right now. This is why I love cinema.
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 movie is like a little boat of conscience battling a sea of inherent melodrama - so much here could be so much, but Kieslowski always insists on using the minimalism of real life, and the result is vibrant
I've seen this film before but curiously I've always taken it for granted
I think I watched it before I had a proper understanding of Kieslowski's modus operendi. Going in fresh, with just general movie expectations in mind, you'll likely to find the movie underplotted or flawed due to its mundane story - but the movie is not about what Binoche is doing throughout the picture, it's about why she's doing it, what it means in relation to the state she's…
The story of a woman whose life is turned upside down and she tries to close off her emotions. It's not that original, it wasn't when Blue was made, and it hasn't been in a very long time. That said, most of the women in those movies aren't played by Juliette Binoche with the clarity and passion shown in the beginning of Kieslowski's Three Colors trilogy.
The artful, symphonic way this movie approaches grief, loss, and love doesn't present itself in any way that is outright groundbreaking but it is still very effective. A lot of the themes stay under the surface but are clearly there to interpret even the dreamlike finale.
I look forward to seeing the following films.
Every thing was perfect, specially music
I love a good film with profound character study. #wow
Great score combined with beautiful cinematography, this movie also succeds in one more thing: make you feel blue.
My first Kieslowski (i dont know how to pronounce his first name, there's like 6 consonants in a row). A haunting and tragic story about a women trying to break free from her past. One of the most technically unique movies I've seen, with cool symbolism, mise-en-scene, fade-outs and colors. The directors makes us feel these emotions with his creative visuals.
After a Kieslowski movie ends I find I never have words to describe them. Just feelings, and images that stick in my mind. Blue is no different. A beautiful film. Kieslowski will probably never be in my top directors list- he just doesn't evoke enough of a passionate response in me. But what he does evoke is a slow burn of feeling- exquisite images, lush colors and textures. Films that jump past your logic brain and straight into emotion mind. So who knows- I think with enough repeated viewings, he could rise to one of my all time favorites. Time will tell.
Probablemente llego muy tarde a esta fiesta (y prácticamente por accidente, le vi en la T.V :P) , en su momento yo ya era cinéfilo ahí por 1993 o 94, pero siendo sincero por aquella épocas en cine francés solo tenía ojos para cintas como “La Femme Nikita 1990” o cine en general un poco + punk rock o de terror, como “True Romance 1993” o “Cronos 1993”…..no tenía ni tiempo ni ganas de cintas sofisticadas, pretenciosas y extranjeras de autores artísticos :P
“Three Colors: Blue 1993” del director polaco Krzysztof Kieslowski, con el cual no estoy nada familiarizado (según veo en IMDb tiene muchos documénteles) era definitivamente uno de esos directores artísticos a los que les sacaba la vuelta…
As much as I tried, I simply didn't see the genius that propelled so many people to quote this as a top film. For me it is a decent film, with an excellent Binoche in the lead role, that too often delves into "art for art's sake" to the detriment of the story. Perhaps that is the point, tho if it is, it is lost on me.
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