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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…
Beautiful film about love and relationships. The film's plot is bleak and blunt which I love with very real characters. The cinematography is breathtaking and feels so perfect and the colours and everything is just amazing. The music as well, which the film is centered around, is just beautiful. Fantastic film.
Blue is a beautiful film. It uses color (there is a reason it's called "Blue") and music to heighten it's emotional effect, and does so wonderfully. Everything else in the movie is absolutely amazing as well, but these two aspects of it stand out to me. But doesn't every film use music to cause the audience to feel different emotions? Well, yes, but it's the way that Blue uses it that makes it so special. The composer, Zbigniew Preisner, created something beautiful. In the film, Juliette Binoche's husband and daughter are killed in a car accident. The husband is a very successful composer. All of the music in the film reflects music that the husband would have wrote. It follows…
The first of the Three Colours trilogy is certainly an accomplished drama but infectiously depressing as we explore Juliette Binoche's reaction to the loss of her husband and child. As evidenced by anyone who saw the trailer, the film's predominant colour is - you guessed it - blue, and reflects the mood of the film. Kieslowski expects you to watch all three, and after 'White', your mood should bounce back. Although my favourite of these was 'Red', which to me featured a more interesting story. Here, Binoche can only do so much as she emotes throughout the film, and always felt emotionally one-note ... but that was the filmmaker's intention. I certainly could have done without seeing this at all.
A beautifully directed, poignant film with a powerhouse performance at its center. I don't love it as much as most seem to, but I'm eager to check out the rest of the trilogy.
O mais triste da trilogia. E isso só é possível pela transcendental atuação de Juliette Binoche.
Driven by intense emotion and brilliant visuals and sound, this film is one of the most honest depictions of the effects of loss and heartbreak. It is a fascinating journey into the heart of the lead character perfectly played by Juliette Binoche. The moody atmosphere, the powerful characters, and the simple yet profound story leads Blue to new levels that can only be described as a masterpiece. Kieslowski had said that he didn't consider himself a great filmmaker, but rather just really wanted to tell stories about individual people. Because of his dedication he was able to bring us a truly satisfying film with direction that does not overshadow his film, but is truly in service of the story. Going to show how great a filmmaker he truly was.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
This enigmatic portrait of grief and liberty in modern France can't be understood unless read through the lens of femininity. The initial tragic incident which kills Julie's husband and young daughter must be read as a deconstruction of a society that denigrates her worth. Julie no longer has to measure herself according to how well she performs as wife and mother; it's brutal but, metaphorically, necessary. Julie is left to navigate her own re-entry into a society founded on patriarchy, and she does so by relishing the deep, dark wound of melancholia which mourns her daughter. Most would stitch up that wound to avoid seeing the pain that it exposes. Julie is mature to reside in her experience, to dwell…
Sometimes identity can be be subsumed in the habits and trappings of life. Sometimes it takes tragedy to knock us off our well worn path, back to a trajectory once hoped for.
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