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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…
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 loved each and every frame of this masterpiece.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
I loved each and every frame of this masterpiece.
A lo mejor ser libre no es lo mejor que podemos hacer y a lo mejor la Unión Europea puede ayudarnos a entenderlo.
Esto es lo primero que veo de Kieslowski, estoy absolutamente cautivado, quiero más.
Wonderful movie. The whole trilogy was excellent but this was my favorite. Absolutely beautiful.
I hadn't paid attention to this detail earlier, but five minutes into the tour de force, I was positive that the same guy directed The Double Life of Veronique. The similarities are strong between the this and that, where strong female leads are surrounded by music. However, the theme of tragedy is a big difference between the two films, as Julie deals with the loss of her husband and daughter. Kieslowski's eye is impeccable here, with excellent scene after excellent scene--and he has the actors to pull them off.
Beautiful, yet overrated. It seems like Kieślowski is not my thing.
More in depth review to come.
So I've just finished watching Krzysztof Kieślowski's masterful Three Colors trilogy and I have to say that all three films were incredible. Starting with Blue, which is supposed to represent "Liberty" as its color on the French flag, my favorite part of this film by far was the score by Zbigniew Preisner. In a film where one of the primary characters was one of the most lauded composers in Europe, the score had to be perfect - which it was.
The use of color in this film as well as the others was also very striking. I'm sure the production designers for these films had a lot of fun coming up with different objects they could include throughout the film…
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