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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…
Brilliant, beautiful performance by Juliette Binoche.
*kisses Juliette Binoche on the left cheek*
*kisses Juliette Binoche on the forehead*
*kisses Juliette Binoche on the right cheek*
I have never seen a film masterfully evoke the concept of grief and disconnection so flawlessly through acting, camerawork and music! This is the first work by Kieślowski I have ever seen and will most definitely continue to build on as I watch the rest of the trilogy with White and Red. Slightly depressed after finding out that Binoche will not be in the rest of the films!
Blue is the first in the Three Colors Trilogy and deals with the French Revolution ideal of liberty. In this story a woman decides to liberate herself from her old life following the tragic death of her family.
I loved how the music from her deceased husband haunted her in the interludes. It really speed her internal struggle to walk away from everything.
Personally i thought the film overrated. It was very choppy and confusing at times. The end offers no great resolution.
Maybe I should have watched this on more than 3 hours of sleep. I liked it anyway.
Blue, White, Red. Liberty, Equality, Fraternity. These are the three ideals of revolutionary France and the themes and colour palette of the Three Colors Trilogy, a series of three individual stories. Before starting my review of this particular film I want to talk about the trilogy as a whole. These movies tackle their themes not as political ideals, but rather liberty, equality, and fraternity are examined as tools for creating networks, causing interactions, and fostering relationships amongst individuals. This is a beautiful trilogy. The films are beautiful not only because of the stories that are told, but because of the powerful nature of film as a story telling medium.
For Three Colors: Blue:
Blue is the first film in the…
Wow. What a disappointment. I came in expecting a grand and glorious ode to the color blue and instead I'm left with some French women coping with loss.
A beautiful French drama, the first of a trilogy, with great performances and dialogue, as well as some emotionally moving sequences.
Not sure why I've got this yen to revisit 1993 movies I haven't seen since theatrical release. Weird looking back at my rookie review from that time, and simultaneously a) cringing at my "French movies be crazy, right?" fumblings and b) realizing that almost the exact same things delighted or frustrated me this time as well. Suddenly really interested in revisiting White, which was my least favorite of the three at the time.
Liberty. Grief. The first entry in Krystof Kieslowski's Three Colors trilogy is a dark tale of female agency. It's extraoridnarily visually evocative, relying heavily on performance and symbols to communicate. BLUE feels like a mood piece, with not much in the way of plot; often, the events that Juliette Binoche's Julie experience take a backseat to the way she processes her emotions in regards to them. As if imposing a barrier behind her perspective and realistic occurrences, a black screen often intercuts lines of conversation, with operatic accompaniment. BLUE, like it's namesake color, isn't so much vocal about its concepts as it is internally screaming. It's incredibly musical, as a centerpiece of plot (Julie is the widow of a famed…