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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…
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…
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…
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…
A gorgeous, tragic, and profound film about a woman that after the death of her husband and daughter decides to do "nothing", just to exist. It delves into such interesting subjects, and is told in a simplistic, but meticulous, symbolic and beautiful way. The film moves slowly and subtle, and it features unique artistic choices and lots of interesting shots, a heavy and haunting soundtrack, stunning cinematography, and a brilliant and grounded performance by Juliette Binoche. I couldn't take my eyes of this, it doesn't need words to be poignant and human. Love this.
Blue set the bar high for the rest of the trilogy. Surely it can only be downhill from here, right?
Nop. Ya está. Ya la vi dos veces and there's nowhere to go.
No me gusta esta película.
Nada. Absolutamente nada me dejó. La sinopsis de está película seguro te dice que es un sad journey through the life of a widow y yo vi eso, pero frankly nunca lo sentí.
En líneas generales, Juliette Binoche salva esta película from death itself. Realmente se zarpa, es un 20 su actuación. Sus manierismos, sus 'oh so subtle' gestos faciales venden todo lo hace su personaje. Everything about her rings true. En una flick donde todo lo que se dice está privado de sentimiento ella logra sacarle todo el jugo a sus líneas y ser el único personaje real. Que los demás…
Perhaps the best use of cinematography and blocking that I've seen in a while; I felt so in-sync with the protagonist's head space that, especially during the more stoic moments, I truly forgot I was watching a movie.
all blue everything
I AM SHOOK. MASTERPIECE.
Yup, there goes Juliette Binoche in another one of my favourite films of all time, who does she think she is?
Mesmerizing from the start, a relatively quiet but utterly compelling story of loss and finding oneself. Juliette Binoche grabs your eyes and doesn't let go for a second she's on screen, one of the most amazing performances I've ever seen.
People say this is a brilliant film and it is always mentioned as a film that must be watched (with the other two in the trilogy), often films elevated to a status like this are a disappointment, this is not one of them.
Does she achieve and find her Liberty? Maybe, the journey is stunning.
The first film in Krzysztof Kieslowski's Three Colors Trilogy is based on the meaning of the first color of the french flag which is liberty. That's the main focus in Three Colors: Blue.
Staring Juliette Binoche as Julie who after the death of her husband and daughter in a car accident decides to leave everything she had behind and start a new life. However when certain things from her past come up the result is that of unfinished business. Ranging from helping an old friend of her husband Oliver played by Benoît Régent finish the score her husband was composing as well as help her husbands mistress Sandrine played by Florence Pernel settle with what was left behind.
"Now I have only one thing left to do: nothing. I don't want any belongings, any memories. No friends, no love. Those are all traps."
I hate to say it, but this was really dull. Granted, there was some nice cinematography and Binoche was good. But still... I get that it's all about character, but the entire plot was revealed within the first ten minutes. Was anyone really surprised by rest of the film? Really?
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