Can't be seen outside the moment of New Age & the triumphant coming together of a wounded rejuvenated Europe. Visually arresting it reminds of the spiritual grand, soothing semidocs of the era (Baraka, Latcho Drom) with a contrasting Eurocentricity. A silent scene in the sun with an old woman slowly walking to discard a bottle is unforgettable, 1 of the tormented self-searching Julie's encounters with other women.
The main theme of the film (freedom), is really well achieved. We see a womam trying to run away from her past, trying to become free from everything, even memoirs. But at the end, the past-life wins the "battle" against Julie. At the end we can observe that all the characters are starting to be happy with their lives, and with their achievements, except Julie, Julie is crying, she has lost everything, again.
The first film of one of the best trilogy ever made. The combination of acting and sound as Julie tried to cope up with the lost she suffered is pure brilliance. The gamut of emotions from anger to finally moving on is what I like the most.
This movie is a sober document of mourning and the lack of processing events that can severely affect anyone. The memory of her deceased husband and daughter are painful but never too tangible to the audience. It is conveyed through the music which I thought was a nice touch. The apotheosis as she finished the grand finale matched the end of her personal journey in a magnificent way.
The emotional intrigue and the way Kieslowski brings you in emotionally has always been present in his films, but this is the first time I’ve responded so much to the sheer cinema of his work. There is some brilliant stuff going on here, and there is no shortage of brilliant shots, editing, and cinematic weight and impression in this one. Easily Kieslowski’s best film that I’ve seen thus far.