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Three Colors: White (1994)
"Trois couleurs: Blanc" (original title)

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Second of a trilogy of films dealing with contemporary French society shows a Polish immigrant who wants to get even with his former wife.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Zbigniew Zamachowski ...
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Janusz Gajos ...
Mikolaj
Jerzy Stuhr ...
Jurek
Aleksander Bardini ...
Le notaire (The Lawyer)
Grzegorz Warchol ...
L'elégant (The Elegant Man)
Cezary Harasimowicz ...
L'inspecteur (The Inspector)
Jerzy Nowak ...
La vieux payson (The Old Farmer)
Jerzy Trela ...
Monsieur Bronek
Cezary Pazura ...
Le propriétaire du bureau de change (Bureau de Change Proprietor)
Michel Lisowski ...
L'interprète (The Interpreter)
Philippe Morier-Genoud ...
Le juge (The Judge) (as Philippe Morier Genoud)
Piotr Machalica ...
L'homme de haute taille (The Tall Man)
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L'employé de banque (The Bank Employee)
Barbara Dziekan ...
La caissière (The Cashier)
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Storyline

Karol (Polish) marries Domininque (French) and moves to Paris. The marriage breaks down and Dominique divorces Karol, forcing him into the life of a metro beggar and eventually back to Poland. However, he never forgets Dominique and while building a new life for himself in Warsaw he begins to plot... Written by Anonymous

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Rated R for some sexuality and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

18 February 1994 (USA)  »

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Three Colors: White  »

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Box Office

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$1,464,625 (USA)
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Almost every shot in the movie contains at least one white object. See more »

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After the court-room scene, Karol Karol is throwing up, but we can't hear a "vomit splash", and there isn't vomit in the closet. See more »

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[Expecting to find valuables, the luggage thieves open the suitcase containing Karol]
First Thief: Fuck! It's alive!
Second Thief: What the fuck?
Third Thief: Pull him out!
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To ostatnia niedziela
(This Last Sunday) (uncredited)
Music by Jerzy Petersburski and words by Zenon Frejdwald
Played on the comb by Karol in the subway
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Kieslowski a masterful painter in Blue, White and Red: see all three!
6 November 1999 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

It is not only difficult to comment separately on the three parts of Kieslowski's trilogy, it seems obvious that the filmmaker wants us to do just the opposite: view them in order, Blue, White, and Red, and consider them together as one complete work. It is true they are distinct stories with distinct themes: liberty, equality, fraternity, and each them is developed with unique applications of intrigue and artistry. They are each well worth seeing independently, but I believe they are best seen as one work. Collectively, I would rate the trilogy as a 9; separately, I place each in my top ten for the years 1993 and 1994.

White is the fabric of a bride, chaste and pure at the outset of her marriage; later it is the flash of an orgasm in the dark; and then .... But any more said of the instances of white in this film might spoil it for the first-time viewer. Unlike Three Colors: Blue, White is a more plot-oriented movie, with two main characters to Blue's one. And this is as it should be. Blue's theme of Liberty, the first word of France's motto, is an individual's principle, while White's theme of Equality, the French motto's second word, requires at least two people. The central quest for liberty is personal; the struggle for equality is fundamentally social. White is the most conventional of the three Color films, and while it is still one of my ten top films of 1994, I rate it an 8, slightly less than the highly visual Blue and the mind-bending Red.


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