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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.
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…
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…
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 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…
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Boy does this film get a lot of acclaim, but it didn't do much for me. Maybe I just need to see more Kieslowski to "get it".
p.s. Was anyone else bothered in the swimming scenes when she was swimming the wrong way in the pool - not with the lane lines, but across them?
Didn't hit me as hard as I hoped it would, but I'm still interested in checking out the other two.
It drifts a little into melodrama towards the end, but the first half of BLUE is as beautiful as anything I've ever seen. Kieslowski was as visual a filmmaker as there ever was, and I really appreciate the more abstract tendencies of the first act. You feel like the camera is attached to Julie -she's all there is. Binoche is extraordinary.
In some ways, it reminds me of Favreau's CHEF (2014). I don't want to sound gauche - Julie loses her husband and son - but Carl losing his resturant is unthinkable to him, and both films explore how we react to the unthinkable. Julie rediscovers art and makes tentative, delicate human connections. Carl goes on a bitchin' road trip…
A wonderful re-watch, and still an all-time favorite. Kieslowski's camera captures the human condition in a way that's only matched by three filmmakers: Andrei Tarkovsky, Ingmar Bergman, and Lars Von Trier. Not a bad crowd to be in.
This is my first acquaintance with Kieslowski. Blown away. Never seen a film made and worked this way. Every frame is on its own an excellent photography to stare at and admire for as long as the picture speaks. I fell for the seemingly minute details (such as sugar cube being dropped in coffee) that may not have a huge symbolic contribution to the story but sure paid well in evoking awe and aesthetics. The story is a truly rich substance of grief and unexpected freedom and of ultimately coping with the reverberation of certain events in life that cannot just be refused.
"'Blue,' 'White' and 'Red' stand for the three colors of the French tricolor, representing liberty, equality and fraternity. Juliette Binoche, in 'Blue,' has the liberty, after her loss of husband and child, to start life again, or not at all." -Roger Ebert
Mr. Ebert was a huge supporter of Krzysztof Kieslowski, putting him in the ballpark of Bergman, Keaton, Fellini, Ozu, etc. And all for good reason.
I am watching the Three Colors trilogy in order for the first time. This is my introduction to Kieslowski, and so far so great. The first in the trilogy, "Blue," tells the remarkable story of Julie, played brilliantly by Juliette Binoche, who just lost her husband and child in an accident. For some…
I had downloaded the Three Colours Trilogy and intended to watch them all today. Quite obviously, I didn't achieve my goal but I am very very satisfied even after watching only one.
The first in the trilogy is about a woman whose husband and daughter are killed in a car accident. This widow struggles to live her life normally after the tragic event, and tries to distance herself from memories of the incident.
Visually, the film is stunning with (would you believe it) the deep blue of depression dominating the colour pallet. Binoche's performance is incredible in the way she shows emotion with subtlety and with little dialogue. None of the film is boring unlike what I seen some people say.
This memorable story about loss and grief is wonderful.
watched on a rainy day in. april '13
THIS IS CINEMA.
It's almost synesthetic at times, with music being the driving force behind Kieslowski's direction. Juliette Binoche's dejected angelic face is at the center, with a character who could crumble into a million pieces at any moment. It's a functional drama acting as political allegory. Even if an audience member doesn't get it, they are there in the moment. Quite possibly one of the most beautiful films ever made.
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