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Three Colors: Blue (Trois Couleurs: Bleu)

Three Colors: Blue (Trois Couleurs: Bleu) (1993)

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Average Rating: 8/10
Critic Reviews: 5
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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

Mar 4, 2003

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All Critics (42) | Top Critics (7) | Fresh (39) | Rotten (0) | DVD (16)

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.

June 12, 2002 Full Review Source: Salon.com
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A challenge to the imagination.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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The rehabilitation of a human spirit after painful tragedy is given stunning, aesthetic dimension.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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A powerful motion picture.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: ReelViews
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Krzysztof Kieslowski's penetrating, hypnotic meditation on liberty and loss.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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The story of how to become a new, better, more whole self... There is nothing less tragic than that.

September 5, 2013 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy
Antagony & Ecstasy

Kieslowski...implies, not for the first or last time, a form of divine intervention or destiny at work... [Blu-ray]

December 31, 2011 Full Review Source: Groucho Reviews
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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 ...

December 17, 2011 Full Review Source: Turner Classic Movies Online
Turner Classic Movies Online

Binoche's performance is brilliantly understated, and she conveys with minimal dialogue and outward affectation a woman who is internally in turmoil

November 27, 2011 Full Review Source: Q Network Film Desk
Q Network Film Desk

Blue -- Kieslowski's masterpiece -- is a story about the journey from grief and brokenness to rebirth, written on a woman's face.

September 20, 2007 Full Review Source: Looking Closer
Looking Closer

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.

August 30, 2006 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Juliette Binoche stars in Blue, which was once considered the weakest of the trilogy but holds up better than one would have suspected.

July 1, 2006 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

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.

December 22, 2005
EmanuelLevy.Com

I was moved and touched by all three, and continue to ponder which is my favourite (but lately I'm thinking 'Blue.')

August 14, 2005
ÜberCiné

A fascinating mood piece.

January 7, 2005 Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com
TheMovieReport.com

Bathed in deep blue hues of depression and desolation by cinematographer Slawomir Idziak, Binoche justly earned several awards as Kieslowski's numbed heroine.

March 18, 2004 Full Review Source: Boulder Weekly

A moody and mesmerizing film about mourning by Polish writer and director Krzysztof Kieslowski.

July 20, 2003 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

As the French might say, "Se manifique.'

June 13, 2003 | Comment (1)
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Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings trilogy is shaping up to be an admirable exercise in interconnected cinema, but for a truly transcendent experiment in this vein, it's hard to top Krzysztof Kieslowski's dazzling trio from 1993-94.

March 26, 2003
Creative Loafing

slow and difficult, and to some extent, that's what Kieslowski wanted

February 28, 2003 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
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Kieslowski's film never says too much or too little, as it allows all the blue colors infused in it to set the tone to mirror the heroine's experiences.

January 20, 2003 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

It is worthy of being measured by its individual merits; however, only when viewed as the opening to Kieslowski's "Three Colors" does it garner further meaning ...

July 9, 2002 Full Review Source: Not Coming to a Theater Near You
Not Coming to a Theater Near You

Many moments will surely linger in the memory.

June 18, 2002 Full Review Source: Edinburgh U Film Society
Edinburgh U Film Society

Audience Reviews for Three Colors: Blue (Trois Couleurs: Bleu)

"We all gotta hold on to something."

The final sequence of this film is almost the exact opposite of the genius ending of Antonioni's L'Eclisse.
May 7, 2007
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You'd be hard pressed to find much criticism about the first film in Kieslowski's mediation on the central tenets of the French Revolution, but here goes. You know how the vast majority of people roll their eyes at any mention of foreign or art house cinema? Movies like Blue are the reason why. Pretentious, showy, artificial and nowhere near as profound as it thinks it is, this film centers around one woman's grief following the horrific accident that claimed the lives of her husband and only daughter. I'm all for ambiguous mood pieces, but what happens when one takes minimalism to its limit with a largely vacant protagonist? What is really being communicated? What is this film saying about grief, coping and the pursuit of repairing a broken life that hasn't been said far better in countless other films? Kieslowski's gimmicky directing, painfully obvious symbolism and nonsensical camera tricks are stilted at best, and absurd at worst.

And that score. You know, the laughably invasive one that bulldozes you right before he cuts to black... only to reopen on the same scene? It's self serving enough to make John Williams blush. It doesn't take a genius to recognize that this trite score seems to swell during Julie's (Juliette Binoche) moments of specific introspection (get it? Because her husband's music/legacy/memory haunts her. How clever!), but I couldn't help but roll my eyes upon seeing Kieslowski go back to this well time and time again.

And that ending. It seems to start with Julie having sex in a glass box full of water (?), and ends with an overwrought roll call of all the film's characters looking deep in thought. What is this, a film school thesis project?

I've read countless articles that defend this film's abstract (i.e. meandering) nature by calling it "poetic cinema." Put Blue up against anything from Bunuel, Fellini or Jodorowsky's canon and it'll pale in comparison. The aforementioned directors deal in poetics as a means to tell a story, to explore a character. They don't need to trout out every single trick in a filmmaker's arsenal to cover up for shallow, half-baked ideas. If you're like me, and constantly feel compelled to defend art house foreign cinema from the mediocrity that dominates mainstream cinema, do not present Blue as evidence. It only reinforces every single stereotype.
March 5, 2013
JonathanHutchings
Jonathan Hutchings

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A very dark, sad movie with which to kick off a trilogy of films about the French motto of liberty, equality, and fraternity. This one was a little too high brow for me, but the cinematography was always very beautiful.
January 16, 2011
RossCollinsUK

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Blue is the first, and in my opinion, the best of the Three Colours Trilogy from legendary director Krzysztof Kieslowski. It's packed full of symbolism, to much to mention in this little box and to be honest if you haven't yet seen it it is best to watch without any prior knowledge. Many have speculated and much has been written but along with the White and Red, Blue is one of those rare films that is open to interpretation to a degree. One thing is certain though, this is a beautiful film. The visuals are stunning and the music by Zbigniew Preisner is aw-inspiring
October 11, 2010
SirPant

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