A list of films I haven't seen........
I should be ashamed of myself.
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…
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…
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…
God, I love Juliette Binoche.
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Sweet mother of god this is heavy. I bought the Criterion release of the trilogy not knowing what the movies were about or knowing who Krzysztof Kieslowski was. I really liked the packaging and had heard a lot of great things about it. I haven't seen the other two yet, I don't think I'll be regretting the purchase.
While the story is beautiful and emotional, I think the real beauty of the film lies within the little details that Kieslowski scattered throughout. The most impactful moments in this film are the ones where we aren't hearing anything, just seeing a moment, not something that is necessarily important to the story, but something that is important to the character. In that…
Revenge is a dish best served to no one in particular and with heaps of angst and pointless self loathing apparently.
Maybe I was a bit too harsh on Red, as the characters here don't act or speak like human beings any way. Though there are some cool moments where a great soundscape is contstructed, it's weighed down by mediocre directing and editing with a really trite script. Maybe Cassavetes could've turned into something less bland and found the profoundity in a character who ends up being less interesting than a beggar who can apparently play the Song of Time.
The best bit is easily the moment when Carol Carol strolls on set and I started thinking how White is the only part of this trilogy that isn't bogged down with a crappy script
Despite the fact I did not love Trois Couleurs: Bleu nearly as much as La Double Vie de Véronique, it is still very beautiful in its own right.
Juliette Binoche's performance is as haunting and resonant as the music her character composes; she carries the viewer through a heartrending haze of grief and self-imposed destruction that brings tears to my eyes.
However, the narrative is a little unfulfilling to me. It starts out strong, then seems to slow down and fall into slightly cliché territory towards the end. But overall, it remains to be a powerful portrayal of the grieving experience.
I am enjoying Kieślowski's filmography immensely, it is always wonderful to watch cinema with interesting women at the center. Very excited to continue through the rest of his work.
A haunting piece about a woman dealing with isolation, death and starting fresh and distant from people.
"Three Colors: Blue" delivers a great performance from Juliette Bionche and some incredible cinematography, music and sound design.
Watched this about a year ago and loved it. Watched it again tonight in preparation for watching the rest of the trilogy and still loved it. Beautiful anti-tradgedy about trying to ignore one's emotions. Great performances, great score, and beautiful cinematography to boot.
Emotional/Intellectual Appeal (.5)
TOTAL - 4/5
I'm trying to write a review for every new movie I see because, if I do it right, I'll end up where my 500th review written on here will be my 1,000th movie seen (if I haven't made mistakes in flagging things as "watched," which is unlikely). The problem with that is in cases like Three Colors: Blue, because I simply have no words to describe this film.
I went to see some orchestra once with my friends and after it was over I said that its single fault was the inherent emotional detachment that came with pure perfection.
This movie proves that wrong. Something can be perfect (or, at least, near-perfect, as I'm sure I'll find something…
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