Three Colours: Blue (1993): “I don’t want any more friends, belongings, love. They’re all traps.”

three_colors_blueKrzysztof Kieślowski’s Three Colours Trilogy comprises three films: Blue (1993), White (1994), and Red (1994). The three films are based on the famous ideals of the French Revolution: liberty, equality, and fraternity. I’ll be posting separately about all three, and then posting an overall review comparing and contrasting them as a trilogy.

Three Colours: Blue (1993) is the story of Julie (Juliette Binoche). At the beginning of the film, Julie loses her husband and daughter in a horrific car accident. After their deaths, she must recreate her life on her own terms, as a widowed and childless woman.

What follows is the most congruent and poignant exploration of grief and loss that I’ve seen as of late. I absolutely loved this film. Not only is it a beautiful exploration of what life means for an individual whose loved ones have passed away, but its visuals are simply superb, and so expressive. Here are some of my favourite shots from the film.

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5/5
Watch the trailer here.

9 comments

  1. Nice review. Kieslowski is a great filmmaker. I cannot remember which DVD release I watched. Bu on it there is an interview with him where he talks for ages about exactly how long he wanted that coffee in the sugar cube shot to be. Amazing attention to detail.

    1. Thanks! I was stunned by how beautiful Blue was, so much so that I thought the images above would express it much better than any words could! The sugar cube shot in particular was one of those moments where it hits you. Something so simple can mean so much. Love that Kieslowski.

  2. I love that you are working through the colors trilogy. I have only seen Blue and it was beautiful and haunting. I look forward to coming thoughts and reviews.

    1. It really is a wonderful trilogy. I’d highly recommend watching the next two films when you get a chance! It’s the small connections between the three that actually feel rewarding to watch. Not to mention the perfect cinematography and music. That’s a spoiler for my upcoming post about all three films! 🙂 Thanks for your comment.

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  6. Excellent post, Juliette Binoche was so good in this movie.

    1. Thanks! I loved her in this film too. She is such an amazing actress.

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