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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…
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…
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…
Irritating, contrived, convoluted, hollow, implausible, pretentious, vague, pedantic... and, wait, there's THREE of 'em! You can hang any idea you want on these films and it will fit.
I like it when films use certain colors tastefully and meaningfully. Thinking of films like Her, and the end of Spring Breakers. In this category, Blue stands near the top.
santa monica college
still need to finish this really bad, had to leave class early for work.
balls, i'm sure the last 30 minutes gets even more sad.
poor binoche. : ( loves her
Kieslowski's exploration of a widowed Juliette Binoche works its magic with small gestures. It's the mice in the closet. The recorder player on the street. The sugar cubes in the coffee. The individual tear droplets on Julie's cheeks. Three Colors: Blue tackles emotional liberty, and its exploration of grief and love are universal and beautifully approached. The color blue is recognized as one representing loneliness or sadness, but there is a warmth, and a softness, to Blue that resonates to me in a way I hope it resonates with you.
Sometimes I get the feeling I only 'pretend' to like films because critical acclaim tells me to, this is especially true for older films; classics. But then I find movies like Three Colors: Blue that don't move me one way or the other, really, and I'm reminded maybe I'm not lying to myself in shaping my taste.
Maybe I'll Red more.
This is one of those films that words do no justice to, only producing approximations. It's a simple film, it doesn't do anything radical, but what it does could only be done in the cinematic medium. We learn about our protagonist Julie not from her words, but from the emotions on her face and her physical actions from her stride on the sidewalk to the pool. This is intercut with a motif of blue and the concerto by her late husband meant to celebrate European unity. The combination of image and sound is masterfully expressed.
The color blue has deep meaning to Julie, representing her old life, from her necklace to the chandelier, but it is telling that she doesn't…
The first of the trilogy, but the last that I watched. I'm glad I did it this way, and Juliette is so classic in the film she carries it so well. This film to me represented a timeline of grief, patience, and eventually forgiveness. And of course, like the other three, it was an underlying message of the ways in which we deal with and involve ourselves with love/ in love. Amazing score that linked with the non-linear storytelling at times. Wonderfully done and tasteful film. This trilogy will surely be classic with time. A film to recommend to all.
This goes into a box in the back of my head of movies i dont necessarily dislike, but movies that i dont yet feel ready enough to fully grasp as the pieces of art they probably are.
Killer score and cinematography though. And Binoche pulled a hell of a performance out of it.
I may be stupid but I dont get it. music and much of the cinematography is great and I really loved the Donnie Darko ending.
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