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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…
stunning visuals. dreamy. recalled Tarkovsky and Wong Kar Wai.
For a movie with a 100% on Rotten Tomatoes, I was disappointed to find that this one didn't do much for me. One of the things I look for in a movie is an emotional experience, and here the emotions are so muted and the character so hard to access that I was left cold. It's impeccably made, with gorgeous images and a lovely symphonic score that's almost omnipresent, and Binoche's performance is masterful, but I always felt that I was on the outside of something looking in rather than being enveloped in the story. I appreciate the subtlety of the story and the way it makes you work to make connections and glean the meaning of what's going on…
Julie (Juliette Binoche) loses her daughter and her husband in a car accident. What should she do? What CAN she do?
In Blue, Julie deals with her loss in strange ways. Her husband was a famous composer, and now she is simply the sad widow who lost her daughter and genius husband. That's her identity - or, it would be, if she were going to let other people tell her who she is.
This film is about identity and the role the people around you play in giving shape to it. The accident, though tragic, presents a life-affirming opportunity to Julie, and she is hesitant to take it at first. She sells all her things, destroys the music she wrote…
I can't unpack this movie just yet, except that it's a masterpiece and the subjective camerawork in it blew me away. I'm still recovering.
This looks like a difficult to understand movie, but I think that's because it uses another approach to transmit feelings to us. The emphasis is not on story and dialogue, but more on sound, visuals, color and Juliette Binoche's face.
Sound, visuals and use of color are truly, truly expertly done by Kieslowski. To use those in this way in telling the story of a woman dealing with the loss of her husband and daughter gives feelings of melancholy and beauty.
Also Juliette Binoche's face and calm demeanour are perfect for this kind of movie which speaks to the senses.
I waited a long time to see my first Kieslowski movie, but I see why he was so much praised…
Stanley Kubrick said that Krzysztof Kieslowski was one of the few filmmakers who could "dramatise ideas rather than just talking about them... allowing the audience to discover what's really going on rather than being told. [He does] this with such dazzling skill, you never see the ideas coming and don't realize until much later how profoundly they have reached your heart."
Like many times before, Kubrick was spot on, and Three Colours -- Blue is proof of it. For while it is not the strongest of Kieslowski's films, nor the best instalment of the Three Colours trilogy, it is a deeply intelligent and subtle film which rewards and flatters its audience while inviting them to do the intellectual legwork. It…
This might sound like dumb hyperbole but I'm going to say that (except for the type who hate non-English speaking people and/or can't watch a movie that has at least 20 seconds of complete silence in it without falling asleep) I can't see how some people might not like this film. It's one of the few I can think of where both the score and cinematography plays a significant role, and has such an emotional (not weepy, but emotional) ending scene.
I don't know what to say, except that it was beautiful and emotional. I wish every director was a talented director. That is all.
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