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Blind Chance


Directed by Krzysztof Kieślowski
Poland, 1987


First suppressed, then censored by the Polish government, Blind Chance was Krzysztof Kieślowski’s first work of metaphysical genius. A compelling drama about the difficulty of reconciling political ideals with personal happiness, Kieślowski suggests chance rules our lives as much as choice does.

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Blind Chance Directed by Krzysztof Kieślowski
A crucial work in Krzysztof Kieslowski’s filmography, expanding on the political themes of his 1970s films with the metaphysical themes that would define his films from DEKALOG to the Three Colors trilogy. It’s also the most entertaining Polish film of its era, exhibiting a mix of showmanship and formal mastery that recalls the best of Hitchcock. Kieslowski is having great fun here, playing with time and space, and the film invites us to have fun with him.
September 22, 2017
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The biggest headlines in the early days of this festival trailed Blind Chance, suppressed by Polish authorities for six years after filming. Its three-part story, about a medical student who becomes a Communist apparatchik, an underground resistor, and an apolitical equivocator in three versions of the same life-trajectory, is handsomely shot and politically trenchant. This kaleidoscopic triple allegory set the stage for more restless and grand national allegories to follow during the fortnight.
May 17, 2017
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If the schematic nature of Kieslowski’s beautiful but stone-heavy symbology can put you off – just look at those jugglers – then attend to the sense of melancholy grandeur, suggesting a spiritualism that’s never articulated and an auroral feeling about the arc of life that’s nearly Blakean.
November 27, 2015

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