Three Colors: Blue (Krzysztof Kieslowski – 1992) A

It’s been a few years since I saw White and Red, the other two films in Kieslowski’s Three Colors trilogy but I still remember them very well. I am glad to return to these films starting from Blue. This one by far is the saddest of the three and the most humane. Like the other two and all of his films, it is an understated art film. One can call his movies slow or even boring, but I love their deliberate pace and beautiful camera work and editing. Blue is a simple story, a woman loses her husband and daughter in a tragic accident and needs to grieve. She decides to free herself from any connection to any one by withdrawing from her life and living in a small apartment in Paris. She literally just wants to exist. When asked what she does for a living, her answer is “Nothing”. It’s just not that easy to disconnect from any emotion and human connection though and Julie slowly starts finding that out. The film stars Juliette Binoche in one of her finest performances. She does not say much but her face is so expressive that she does not need to.

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2 thoughts on “Three Colors: Blue (Krzysztof Kieslowski – 1992) A”

  1. I must say that I find Kieslowski’s films move at about the right pace. In fact, after watching a few of them one slows down to the pace required to feel them without needing over-the-top sensory cinematic encouragement so common in other films with their beginning-to-end musical backing. I can sometimes work out how bad a film might be by just listening to it from the kitchen!

  2. Very well worded Alexandre. These films are unique and they do need a little getting used to for them to “click”, but they are worth it. I’ll be checking out your site soon.

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