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Three Colors: Blue (1993) More at IMDbPro »Trois couleurs: Bleu (original title)

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Writers:
Krzysztof Kieslowski (scenario) and
Krzysztof Piesiewicz (scenario) ...
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Release Date:
8 September 1993 (France) See more »
Genre:
Plot:
A woman struggles to find a way to live her life after the death of her husband and child. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for 3 Golden Globes. Another 21 wins & 7 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
A masterpiece of an understudy into human grief! See more (151 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Juliette Binoche ... Julie Vignon - de Courcy
Benoît Régent ... Olivier (as Benoit Regent)
Florence Pernel ... Sandrine
Charlotte Véry ... 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)

Emmanuelle Riva ... 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
Isabelle Sadoyan ... La servante
Pierre Forget ... Le Jardinier
Philippe Manesse
Arno Chevrier
Idit Cebula
Stanislas Nordey
Jacques Disses
Michel Lisowski
Yves Penay
Philippe Morier-Genoud

Julie Delpy ... Dominique
Zbigniew Zamachowski ... Karol Karol (avec la participation de)
Alain Decaux
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Julie Gayet ... (uncredited)
Piotr Jaxa ... Photographer at funeral (uncredited)

Directed by
Krzysztof Kieslowski 
 
Writing credits
Krzysztof Kieslowski (scenario) and
Krzysztof Piesiewicz (scenario)

Agnieszka Holland (scenario collaborator) and
Edward Zebrowski (scenario collaborator) and
Slawomir Idziak (scenario collaborator)

Produced by
Marin Karmitz .... producer
 
Original Music by
Zbigniew Preisner 
 
Cinematography by
Slawomir Idziak (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Jacques Witta 
 
Casting by
Margot Capelier 
 
Production Design by
Claude Lenoir 
 
Set Decoration by
Lionel Acat 
Christian Aubenque 
Jean-Pierre Delettre 
Julien Poitou-Weber 
Marie-Claire Quin 
 
Makeup Department
Jean-Pierre Caminade .... hair stylist
Jean-Pierre Caminade .... makeup artist
Valérie Tranier .... hair stylist
Valérie Tranier .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Yvon Crenn .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
François Azria .... assistant director
Julie Bertuccelli .... assistant director
Emmanuela Demarchi .... assistant director
Emmanuel Finkiel .... first assistant director
Stefan Libiot .... assistant director (as Stéphane Libiot)
 
Art Department
Michel Charvaz .... props
Bertrand Terreyre .... carpenter
 
Sound Department
Vincent Arnardi .... foley artist
Claire Bez .... sound editor
Pascal Colomb .... sound recordist
William Flageollet .... sound mixer
Jean-Claude Laureux .... sound editor
Jean-Claude Laureux .... sound
Jean-Pierre Lelong .... foley artist
Bertrand Lenclos .... sound editor
Mario Melchiorri .... foley artist
Brigitte Taillandier .... sound recordist
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Ernst Brunner .... lighting technician
Muriel Coulin .... assistant camera
Alain Dondin .... lighting technician
Alain Dreze .... grip
Alain Dubouloz .... generator operator
Piotr Jaxa .... second camera operator
Piotr Jaxa .... still photographer
Henryk Jedynak .... assistant camera
Hans Meier .... lighting technician
Albert Vasseur .... grip
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Naima Lagrange .... costumes
Virginie Viard .... costumes
 
Editorial Department
Aïlo Auguste-Judith .... assistant editor (as Ailo Auguste)
Catherine Cormon .... assistant editor
Michele D'Attoma .... assistant editor
Urszula Lesiak .... assistant editor
Rob Sciarratta .... video color timer (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Chór Filharmonii Slaskiej .... musician (as Les Choeurs Philharmonique de SILESIE)
Leszek Kaminski .... assistant music recordist: : Studio S4, Warsaw
Halina Laciak .... executive music producer
Konrad Mastylo .... musician: piano
Wojciech Michniewski .... conductor: conductor: Sinfonia Varsovia
Jacek Ostaszewski .... musician: flute
Rafal Paczkowski .... music recordist: Studio S4, Warsaw
Elzbieta Towarnicka .... musician: soprano
Sinfonia Varsovia .... musician
Jan Wojtacha .... choirmaster
Bertrand Lenclos .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Olivier Bulteau .... administrator
Aline Corneille .... administrator
Geneviève Dufour .... script supervisor (as Genevieve Dufour)
Roman Gren .... acting coach
Anne Guillemard .... administrator
Caroline Lassa .... administrator
Marcin Latallo .... dialog translator
Stan Latek .... assistant to director
Dominique Lefèvre .... administrator (as Dominique Lefevre)
Laurette Monconduit .... public relations assistant
Eva Simonet .... press attache (as Éva Simonet)
Jean Talvat .... administrator
Nicolas Tempier .... administrator
Gisèle Vuillaume .... administrator (as Gisele Vuillaume)
 
Thanks
Andrew Litton .... special thanks
Orchestre de la Suisse Romande .... special thanks
Alexis Weissenberg .... special thanks
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Trois couleurs: Bleu" - France (original title)
"Three Colours: Blue" - Canada (English title), UK
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MPAA:
Rated R for some sexuality
Runtime:
98 min
Language:
Color:
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Certification:
Argentina:13 | Argentina:16 (DVD rating) | Australia:M | Canada:14 (New Brunswick/Nova Scotia/Prince Edward Island) (DVD rating) | Finland:K-12 | France:U | Germany:12 | Hong Kong:IIA | Iceland:L | Netherlands:AL | Portugal:M/12 (Qualidade) | Singapore:M18 | South Korea:15 | Spain:13 | Sweden:11 | UK:15 | USA:R

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Trivia:
At one point, we see Julie carrying a box which, as a close-up shows, has prominently written across it the word "blanco", Spanish for white; in the next shot we are looking at her from behind, and she pauses in the street as a man in blue passes her on her left and a woman in red passes her on her right. This is a subtle reference to the structure of the Three Colours trilogy - blue, white, red, in that order, mirroring the French flag. In another scene, children in red and white bathing suits run out and jump in the blue swimming pool.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: 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:Now I have only one thing left to do: nothing. I don't want any belongings, any memories. No friends, no love. Those are all traps.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in All I Think of Is You (2012)See more »

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42 out of 58 people found the following review useful.
A masterpiece of an understudy into human grief!, 23 January 2004
Author: Abhijoy Gandhi from Philadelphia, USA

BLEU (TROIS COLEURS) / France/Poland 1993 (4 STARS) 23 January 2004: The thing that stands out most about Blue is the expression (or lack there of) of grief. How does a woman, seemingly fulfilled by happiness, react when that happiness is yanked away in one telling moment, in a car accident in which both her husband and her daughter pass away? That is the central understudy - a strong woman's attempts at finding purpose in the seeming absence of meaning. • Mise-en-scene: I watched an interview with Juliette Binoche, where she mentions that Kieslowski refused to make the film unless it had her in it. It's easy to see why. I can't imagine Bleu without Juliette – its not just that she lends her personality to the film…Bleu IS Binoche.

• I was thrown off by the sub-plots of the character's relationships with her mother and the striptease dancer, as I was about the seeming resolution at the end of the film. There were perhaps references that I missed but the ‘almost happy' ending left me feeling un-relinquished. Given that I had shared such an intense journey with Julie, it seemed almost improper to accept that she would settle in to a normal relationship again.

• Cinematography: The 1st shot of the film - that of a car tire racing - shot from the bottom of the moving car establishes this as ‘not your typical movie'. The sequence-of-shots that follow eerily draw one into the compelling story-telling style of Krzysztof Kieslowski, minimalist in its approach, with a world communicated without dialogue in the first five minutes of the film. • Blue is not your typical art-house film. Its production values are up there with the best, and the cinematography by Slavomir Idziak (who's craft was recognized by Hollywood in Black Hawk Down), is nothing short of stunning. • The lighting is low key and soft, and wraps around the characters to create a mood of subtlety. A distinguishing feature is the detail in the shadows. None of the close-ups fully illuminate the protagonist, almost hinting at her vulnerability at facing the light, though the delicate use of eye-lights does well to bring alive her emotions. • The camera, an intelligently used narrative element, interacts with Julie and partakes in her emotions, respecting them and yet accentuating their intensity as she plods on in an alien world of deep personal purposelessness. The tight close-ups penetrate her soul and force us to delve into Julie's mind and share in her agony. • Editing: deftly uses match on action to create irony while forwarding the narrative. • Sound: The pace is hauntingly slow and silence has been used compellingly. It screams with meaning as it is becomes one of the more important elements as the narrative progresses. Bleu is not a film you can watch, consume and move on. Either you'll feel that you've totally wasted your time and will probably not be able to sit through (the pivotal occurrence is over within the first five minutes of the film without a single world being spoken, and the rest of the film is essentially the protagonist's psychologically subjective journey) or you'll realize by the time you've reached the end that you'll revisit this film at various points in time, explore and read about it, discuss it with people you respect, and try to get closer to the essence of Kieslowski. For there are two now well-accepted truths about the folklore surrounding Kieslowski, whose reputation continues to mount posthumously…1. that Kieslowski carefully interwove elements that were rich with meaning and social irony, and 2. that figuring those elements out and appreciating their implications is probably a lifelong learning process.

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