Karol Karol, a Polish immigrant living in France, is a hairdresser who opts to leave Paris for his native Warsaw when his wife sues him for divorce (her reason: their marriage was never consummated) and then frames him for arson. Karol Karol, in return, plans an elaborate revenge plot.
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Often dismissed as the weakest of the phenomenal, landmark trilogy -- perhaps unfairly. Unlike "Bleu" and "Rouge," there's a refreshing amount of levity and self-deprecation amidst its philosophical pronouncements and pathos (the first instance of the titular colour motif happens to be bird shit, for example). Zamachowski's arc is superb for a 90 minute film. Delpy plays against type as a cold, vicious antagonist.
I honestly don't get why so many people felt White was mediocre. I found it to be shakespearean in the way it handles Karol's tragedies with subtle touches of dry comedy. It seems to say "Life is *beep* but ain't it fun anyway?" Blue was very cold and very harsh, White is Kieslowski's most life-affirming film and it's also his most underrated.
my favorite of the trilogy, a surprising tale about revenge, but always with a warm and naive aura from Karol. Another fantastic film about human behavior, nothing that isn't already expected from Kieslowski
An amazing story of power, sexuality and the cruelty of love. Love is suicide of the soul. Kieslowski was unbelievably talented. No pushing or pulling, just an organic weight to each scene, depth and beautiful motifs.
In a way, this felt like an affirmative version of the story that we also see in the tortured 1984 Konchalovsky's Maria's Lovers. And it is kind of sadder and more cruel. In Kieslowski own filmography it seems to anticipate, plotwise, what we would see in The Double Life of Véronique. I'm yet to see Red, so I don't have a global idea of the trilogy.
Compared to the other two, this one felt like a cheap commercial. A tale of revenge (and ultimately hope) so glib and downright mediocre coming from someone as talented as Kieslowski, I was left a bit dumbfounded. Gave it 3 stars just because it's the central part of a major trilogy.