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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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
A beautiful and unusual yet subdued story of overcoming personal tragedy that refreshingly ignores the trappings of most tragedy dramas :)
I got a great deal on the Criterion Blu-Ray trilogy this week, so I figured a rewatch couldn't hurt.
This film is much more dense than I remembered, but I guess that's what happens with rewatches. It has the most heavy score out of the trilogy by far and Julie became much more relatable to me this time around. Overall, my appreciation for this film grew and it look like each watch will make me like it better.
Not as fully engrossing as I assumed it would be, and the theme of color -- reflected both literally and figuratively -- was novel but ultimately somewhat underwhelming. However, with all that being said, this is a powerful story of loss and Juliette Binoche is simply superb. She is absolutely riveting and sells despair and loss wonderfully.
You are the only one who can save yourself. Any tries from other people would seem brutal when you give up everything yourself. And when you open that door and start to love others, you'll get the salvation.
Finally I'm getting to see the Three Colors trilogy and what an incredible start. This first outing was a very depressing yet powerful look at grief, which felt very sincere and never went for a cheap moment.
First and foremost the film is just gorgeous. Certain shots were just beautiful to watch and the use of the color blue throughout the film really set the tone for this melancholic story. This is also enhanced with a great performance by Juliette Binoche that really nails down that empty feeling that depression gives you.
The pacing was also remarkable. As it goes on you learn more and more about Julie's relationship with her deceased husband, and how these reveals set in motion…
Slay me Juliette Binoche
This is like if Haneke allowed some warmth in his movies. A heart-dropping tragedy that overcomes its soap opera-esque storyline to artfully talk about the price of freedom. The somewhat obvious motif of blue is both subtle and ubiquitous, while the simultaneously analytical and emotional use of music is beyond wonderful (swelling and going to black during her grieving). And Binoche…my Lord….we get nearly the entire emotional arc of the film simply through images of her beautifully pained face.
If you like watching attractive French women walking around France looking depressed, then this this is the film for you. Juliette Binoche is undeniably beautiful and she wanders around France really well, usually with a miserable look on her face. What's not to like?
Alguien en Twitter recomendó esta trilogía y pues nada ya vi el primer color y está muy chida.
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