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/10
12,026 Ratings

Three Colors: Blue

Trois couleurs: Bleu

Directed by Krzysztof Kieślowski
France, Poland, 1993
Drama, Music

Synopsis

The wife of a famous composer survives a car accident that kills her husband and daughter. Now alone, she shakes off her old identity and explores her newfound freedom, but finds that she is unbreakably bound to other humans, including her husband’s mistress, whose existence she never suspected.

Our take

The Three Colors trilogy was an arthouse staple in the 1990s, and the films hold up 20 years later as complex, emotionally resonant, and visually beguiling tales of contemporary Europe. The first part, Blue, is a story of death and rebirth, with a tour-de-force performance by Juliette Binoche.

Three Colors: Blue Directed by Krzysztof Kieślowski
Compelling as the narrative is, it’s Julie’s vacuousness, realized exquisitely by Binoche, that resounds most beautifully.
January 11, 2019
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This is a devastating film that is not based on contrived dialogue, but on subtle actions.
January 01, 1998
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Palpably concerned with loss and regeneration, suffering and transcendence, Blue calls to mind some of the better late works of Ingmar Bergman in its powerful sense of dramatic concentration; it doesn’t have quite the undertow of neurosis that presumably made those films so exemplary for Woody Allen, but it does have a much bolder grasp of the movements and vagaries of consciousness.
February 11, 1994
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