Three Colors: Blue (Trois Couleurs: Bleu) (1993)
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The first chapter in Polish filmmaker Krzysztof Kieslowski's "Three Colors" trilogy, Blue stars Juliette Binoche as Julie, the lone survivor of an automobile crash that killed her husband, a famed composer, and their only child. Despondent, Julie attempts suicide, but she cannot bring herself to take her own life. Instead, she sets about starting over, purging all remnants of her former existence in an attempt to sever her ties to the past. A piece in the trio of films loosely inspired by the
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Even in such a visually sumptuous work, Kieslowski is brave enough to tell us -- through blackouts, blurred focus and commanding stillness -- not to look, but simply to listen.
The rehabilitation of a human spirit after painful tragedy is given stunning, aesthetic dimension.
Krzysztof Kieslowski's penetrating, hypnotic meditation on liberty and loss.
Kieslowski...implies, not for the first or last time, a form of divine intervention or destiny at work... [Blu-ray]
As one might assume from the title, the color blue dominates the palette, from the light over the city at dusk to the glow from the swimming pool she visits ...
Binoche's performance is brilliantly understated, and she conveys with minimal dialogue and outward affectation a woman who is internally in turmoil
Blue -- Kieslowski's masterpiece -- is a story about the journey from grief and brokenness to rebirth, written on a woman's face.
Director Krzysztof Kieslowski's noted visual style is amply on display: images are transformed from the familiar into the unearthly, with a sense of dislocation permeating the whole.
Juliette Binoche stars in Blue, which was once considered the weakest of the trilogy but holds up better than one would have suspected.
In Blue, the first of the Three Color Trilogy, Polish filmmaker Kieslowski tackled unabashedly spiritual and existential issues through the graceful presence of French actress Juliette Binoche.
I was moved and touched by all three, and continue to ponder which is my favourite (but lately I'm thinking 'Blue.')
Bathed in deep blue hues of depression and desolation by cinematographer Slawomir Idziak, Binoche justly earned several awards as Kieslowski's numbed heroine.
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