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Three Colors: Blue (1993)

Trois couleurs: Bleu (original title)
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A woman struggles to find a way to live her life after the death of her husband and child.

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Nominated for 3 Golden Globes. Another 19 wins & 9 nominations. See more awards »

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Benoît Régent ...
Olivier (as Benoit Regent)
Florence Pernel ...
Sandrine
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Lucille (as Charlotte Very)
Hélène Vincent ...
La journaliste (as Helene Vincent)
Philippe Volter ...
L'agent immobilier
Claude Duneton ...
Le médecin
Hugues Quester ...
Patrice (Mari de Julie)
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La mère
Florence Vignon ...
La copiste
Daniel Martin ...
Le voisin du dessous
Jacek Ostaszewski ...
Le flutiste
Catherine Therouenne ...
La voisine
Yann Trégouët ...
Antoine (as Yann Tregouet)
Alain Ollivier ...
L'avocat
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The first part of Kieslowski's trilogy on France's national motto: Liberty, Equality, and Fraternity. 'Blue' is the story of Julie who loses her husband, an acclaimed composer and her young daughter in a car accident. The film's theme of liberty is manifested in Julie's attempt to start life anew, free of personal commitments, belongings, grief or love. She intends to numb herself by withdrawing from the world and living completely independently, anonymously and in solitude in the Parisian metropolis. Despite her intentions, people from her former and present life intrude with their own needs. However, the reality created by the people who need and care about her, a surprising discovery and the music around which the film revolves heal Julie and draws her back to the land of the living. Written by Anonymous

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Rated R for some sexuality | See all certifications »

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8 September 1993 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Three Colors: Blue  »

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SEK 6,807,316 (Sweden)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

When Olivier has tracked down Julie but is then ignored by her, there is a close-up of Julie allowing a sugar cube to soak up her coffee. Deeming that the sugar cube had to soak up the coffee in precisely 5 seconds, Krzysztof Kieslowski had his assistant director test multiple brands (which soaked with coffee anywhere from 3 to 11 seconds) to find one that took just the correct time. See more »

Goofs

Julie mentions 'altos' as she describes the entrances of various instruments. The same word appears in the English subtitles as she speaks. The sound we hear, though, is not a group of female singers but a body of stringed instruments. In French the word 'alto' refers to a viola; the subtitle is a mistranslation. See more »

Quotes

Julie Vignon: Why are you crying?
La servante: Because you're not.
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Crazy Credits

The final credit says in French, "We thank Alfa Romeo who allowed the scene of the accident to the Alfa 164 whose dynamics are of course purely imaginary." See more »

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A passage through dark water into light
15 December 2003 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

This movie is one of my favorites.

The disturbing topic of a woman who can't deal with the loss of her husband and child transforms into an essay on the impossibility of isolation. It is a quiet, personal movie that spends most of it's time with the main character played excellently by Juliette Binoche.

The color blue is very evident in the film,and a fade to a simple blue screen is used to show times of deep emotion. Although the characters are set in a specific time and place ( France just before the formation of the EU ) the focus on the personal journey of grief transcends the setting.

I like the way this film changes from a story about a death to an affirmation to life. I like the way that little things like mice in the apartment loom large in the thought of our main character, where as what others consider important such as finishing her husband's symphony seem very minor .

It feels like diving deep through cold dark water to finally swim toward the light. One passes through emotional turmoil to come out the other side. I found it a very satisfying.


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