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Three Colors: Blue (1993)
"Trois couleurs: Bleu" (original title)

R  |   |  Drama, Music, Mystery  |  8 September 1993 (France)
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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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L'agent immobilier
Claude Duneton ...
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Hugues Quester ...
Patrice (Mari de Julie)
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 ...


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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SEK 6,807,316 (Sweden)

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Kiee'lowski features music by the fictitious 17th century Dutch composer Van De Budenmayer in this movie and la Double Vie de Véronique. See more »


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 »


Julie Vignon: Why are you crying?
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29 April 2004 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

Often times when viewing an intelligent film like this I have to really contemplate what the implications the film maker making mean to me. This film was no exception. Kieslowski, with his background in non-fiction film making, is applying the french political value of liberty to a personal situation. He is, in essence, studying the human condition through fiction. The meaning of "liberty" takes on a very different meaning for Julie in this film. She tries to gain liberty from her memories and her emotions only to find that it is an impossible task. This is not a film to casually throw on after supper. This film requires a commitment by the audience to really consider Kieslowski's implications, for he is telling us (throughout this trilogy) what he thinks makes a "good" person. The score is beautiful and has a character of its own in the plot. A must see for true film lovers but perhaps a little too much for someone expecting a casual encounter.

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