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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…
When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me.
Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.
And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.
- Translated Passage from Corinthians, Lyrics from Song for the Unification of Europe
This is definitely going to take a while to process. Beautiful at nearly every turn, with a predictably amazing performance from Juliette Binoche.
This is a true work of art. This is what a movie should be if it's a biopic. This is how to do a film about grief. This is a film that does a great job at showing how one grips with the tragic loss of his or her family.
I love the colors, I love the editing, and the music was superb.
The only reasons why I am giving this a 4.5 instead of a 5 is because there is one scene in which the musical notations were not accurate to what was being played (as a musician, I found this extremely distracting) and the microphone was in frame for a very important scene.
Minor mistakes like that could easily be avoided so I hard them hard to excuse. Aside from those two things. This was an impressively well shot film.
I highly recommend this film.
Esta película me ha maravillado. Es una de las mejores películas que he visto en mi vida. Me ha tenido enganchado los 95 minutos tan perfectos que tiene de duración. Esa música instrumental tan exquisita. Esos momentos de juicio moral que se dan en casi todo el metraje. Esa abuelita pegada al televisor. Esa abuelita jorobada que no puede tirar una botella en el contenedor del vidrio. Esa piscina para poner a remojo el dolor de Julie. Esa canción que suena siempre que Julie se queda pensativa haciendo un fundido negro. De verdad, teneis que ver esta película si quereis ver algo que se llama obra maestra.
This movie is technically brilliant. I really liked the cinematography, how the film used close ups, how it conveyed grief, and how non-Diegetic music was used in certain scenes. This film is so easy to appreciate, however, i found it hard for me to stay invested. This is a great example of art cinema/avant-garde filming, so that might be the reason some aspects of this movie seemed jarring and disconnected. (I am not fully well versed in the world of art cinema). I don't rate things on if they follow certain tropes, or if a movie has a three act structure, or anything like that. My ratings are a mix of enjoyment and technical appreciation for the movies i see.…
This movie was alright. It's a story revolving around liberty, with an interesting spin on the idea of freedom. One thing in particular that I loved was the way music was used. Not necessarily the music itself, though that was ok as well, but more so technically. Did I enjoy the movie? No. Was it still interesting? Yes.
Juliette Binoche portrays a woman suffering the loss of her husband - a great composer - and her daughter in a car accident. She tries to reinvent her life, but occasionally bumps again into the past. Both phenomena give birth to new relationships in her life, and through them we get to experience the emotional depth underneath this character.
Christian symbology, different angles on love and affection, and also a praise of the human spirit (creativity) are present as we live through the psychological death and rebirth of the main character, Julie, as she rethinks and rediscovers her existence. Her pain gave her new eyes to achieve a deeper appreciation of life. Many aspects of the film are left for…
EDIT: I'm not sure why (perhaps because I've seen the other films os the trilogy), but this has really grown in me. It is now a fully-fledged 4.5 star rating. I still think some things could have been more emotionally impactful but now it doesn't seem so important that they didn't.
(I have not yet seen the other films of
4.5 is a bit too much but, as I tend to give high ratings, I wanted to distinguish it from other 4-star movies.
Think of it as 4.25.
The theme of the film and the way it is approached is very interesting, but, unfortunately, some elements of the plot aren't as dramatic as they should be to have full effect, which causes the film to sometimes drag itself.
First of what I'm certain will become uncountable watches over the course of my life. Remarkable film.
- A Trip to the Moon
- The Great Train Robbery
- The Birth of a Nation
- Les Vampires
- The Godfather
- Seven Samurai
- The Godfather: Part II
- 12 Angry Men
- Citizen Kane
- 2001: A Space Odyssey
- Tokyo Story
- The Rules of the Game