Three Colors: Blue

Trois couleurs: Bleu

dir. Krzysztof Kieslowski

TIFF Cinematheque - Retrospective

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A young woman (Juliette Binoche) who lost her husband and daughter in a car crash seeks to detach herself completely from her past in the first part of Krzysztof Kieslowski's Three Colors trilogy.
The first film of Kieslowski's Three Colors trilogy stars Juliette Binoche in a tour-de-force performance as Julie, the survivor of a car crash that claims her daughter and famous composer husband. Attempting to stanch her grief by literally "leaving it all behind" — detaching herself completely from her past — Julie closes up their house, taking only a string of blue beads to her apartment in Paris, where she tries to establish a new existence. But the past keeps impinging: a family friend in love with Julie turns up, and her aged, increasingly addled mother (Emmanuelle Riva) makes demands. Slowly the stricken young woman realizes that she cannot exist alone. Winner of many awards, including Best Film, Actress, and Cinematography at the Venice film festival, the mystical and musically-composed Blue received rave reviews across the board. "[A] penetrating, hypnotic meditation on liberty and loss. . . . a masterly [film]" (Hal Hinson, The Washington Post).