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Writers:
Krzysztof Kieslowski (scenario) and
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Release Date:
18 February 1994 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
Second of a trilogy of films dealing with contemporary French society shows a Polish immigrant who wants to get even with his former wife. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
1 win & 3 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
White as a wedding gown, as a dove... See more (76 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Zbigniew Zamachowski ... Karol Karol

Julie Delpy ... Dominique
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)

Francis Coffinet ... L'employé de banque (The Bank Employee)
Barbara Dziekan ... La caissière (The Cashier)
Yannick Evely ... L'employée du metro (The Metro Employee)
Marzena Trybala ... L'employée du Mariott (The Mariott Employee)
Jacques Disses ... L'avocat de Dominique (Dominique's Lawyer)
Teresa Budzisz-Krzyzanowska ... Madame Jadwiga
Krystyna Bigelmajer (as K. Bigelmajer)
Marianna Grodzka-Marciano (as M. Marciano)
Maria Robaszkiewicz (as M. Robaszkiewicz)
Jerzy Dominik (as J. Dominik)
Jan Mayzel (as J. Mayzel)
Zdzislaw Rychter (as Z. Richter)

Jakub Grzegorek (as J. Grzegorek)
J. Modet
Bozena Szymanska (as B. Szymánska)
Malgorzata Kaczmarska (as M. Kaczmarska)
Liliana Okowity (as L. Okowity)
Bartlomiej Topa (as B. Topa)
Aleksander Kalinowski (as A. Kalinowski)
Adam Paplinski (as A. Paplinski)
Wanda Wróblewska (as W. Wróblewska)
Stan Latek (as S. Latek)
Wojciech Paszkowski (as W. Paszkowski)
M. Verner
Joanna Ladynska (as J. Ladynska)
Malgorzata Prazmowska (as M. Prazmowska)
Piotr Zelt (as P. Zelt)

Juliette Binoche ... Julie Vignon (de Courcy)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Florence Pernel ... (uncredited)
Andrzej Precigs ... (uncredited)

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

Agnieszka Holland (scenario collaborator) and
Edward Zebrowski (scenario collaborator) and
Edward Klosinski (scenario collaborator)

Marcin Latallo (dialogue translation)

Produced by
Yvon Crenn .... executive producer
Marin Karmitz .... producer
 
Original Music by
Zbigniew Preisner 
 
Cinematography by
Edward Klosinski (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Urszula Lesiak 
 
Casting by
Teresa Violetta Buhl 
Margot Capelier 
 
Production Design by
Halina Dobrowolska 
Claude Lenoir 
 
Set Decoration by
Tomasz Kowalski 
Dariusz Lipinski 
Henryk Puchalski 
 
Makeup Department
Jean-Pierre Caminade .... hair stylist
Jadwiga Cichocka .... makeup artist
Jolanta Pruszynska .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Ryszard Chutkowski .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Teresa Violetta Buhl .... assistant director
Emmanuel Finkiel .... assistant director
Aleksandrs Petukhovs .... second unit director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Lionel Acat .... props
Christian Aubenque .... props
Michel Charvaz .... props
Jean-Pierre Delettre .... props
Magdalena Dipont .... set designer
Julien Poitou-Weber .... props
 
Sound Department
Marc-Antoine Beldent .... foley artist
Marc-Antoine Beldent .... post synchronization
Pascal Colomb .... sound recordist
Eric Ferret .... foley artist
Eric Ferret .... post synchronization
William Flageollet .... sound mixer
Leszek Kaminski .... assistant sound engineer
Jean-Claude Laureux .... sound editor
Jean-Claude Laureux .... sound
Francine Lemaitre .... sound editor
Jérôme Lévy .... foley artist (as Jerome Levy)
Jérôme Lévy .... post synchronization (as Jerome Levy)
Pascal Mazière .... foley artist
Pascal Mazière .... post synchronization
Rafal Paczkowski .... sound engineer
Brigitte Taillandier .... sound recordist
Piotr Zawadzki .... sound editor
 
Stunts
Robert Brzezinski .... stunts
Janusz Chlebowski .... stunts
Ryszard Janikowski .... stunts
Zbigniew Modej .... stunts
Józef Stefanski .... stunts
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Sergiusz Bogucki .... lighting technician
Ernst Brunner .... lighting technician
Muriel Coulin .... assistant camera
Alain Dondin .... lighting technician
Alain Dreze .... grip
Alain Dubouloz .... lighting technician
Slawomir Grinka .... lighting technician
Piotr Jaxa .... still photographer
Henryk Jedynak .... assistant camera
Stanislaw Kolenda .... grip
Zbigniew Koniuszy .... grip
Hans Meier .... lighting technician
Piotr Obloza .... lighting technician
Marek Socha .... lighting technician
Albert Vasseur .... grip
Piotr Jaxa .... second camera operator (uncredited)
 
Animation Department
Laco Adamik .... computer animator
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jolanta Luczak .... wardrobe
Elzbieta Radke .... wardrobe
Virginie Viard .... wardrobe
Teresa Wardzala .... wardrobe
 
Editorial Department
Ewa Lenkiewicz .... assistant editor
Christian Phan-Trong-Tuan .... assistant editor (as Christian Phan-Trong Tuan)
Alicja Torbus-Wosinska .... assistant editor
Rob Sciarratta .... video color timer (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Jan Cielecki .... musician: clarinet
Halina Laciak .... executive music producer
Zbigniew Paleta .... musical director
Zbigniew Paleta .... musician: violin
Mariusz Pedzialek .... musician: oboe
Jerzy Petersburski .... composer: song "To ostatnia niedziela"
 
Other crew
François Azria .... assistant to director
Julie Bertuccelli .... assistant to director
Andrzej Buhl .... administrator
Olivier Bulteau .... administrator
Aline Corneille .... administrator
Maria Czartoryska .... assistant to director
Geneviève Dufour .... script supervisor (as Genevieve Dufour)
Wlodzimierz Dziatkiewicz .... administrator
Roman Gren .... acting coach
Anne Guillemard .... administrator
Katarzyna Janus .... administrator
Joanna Kadubiec .... administrator
Caroline Lassa .... administrator
Stan Latek .... assistant to director
Dominique Lefèvre .... administrator
Stefan Libiot .... assistant to director (as Stéphane Libiot)
Pawel Lozinski .... assistant to director
Adam Paplinski .... assistant to director
Joanna Pindelska .... administrator
Malgorzata Powalka .... administrator
Eva Simonet .... press attache
Krzysztof Staszewski .... administrator
Irena Stralkowska .... studio director: TOR, Warsaw
Ryszard Straszewski .... studio director: TOR, Warsaw
Jean Talvat .... administrator
Nicolas Tempier .... administrator
Peter Thurrell .... assistant to director
Gisèle Vuillaume .... administrator (as Gisele Vuillaume)
Malgorzata Witkowska .... administrator
Krzysztof Zanussi .... studio director: TOR, Warsaw
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Trois couleurs: Blanc" - France (original title)
"Three Colours: White" - Canada (English title), UK
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MPAA:
Rated R for some sexuality and language
Runtime:
91 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 | Germany:12 | Hong Kong:IIA | Iceland:12 | Portugal:M/12 (Qualidade) | Singapore:M18 | South Korea:18 | South Korea:15 (2009) | Spain:18 | Sweden:11 | UK:15 | USA:R
Filming Locations:

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Almost every shot in the movie contains at least one white object.See more »
Goofs:
Audio/visual unsynchronized: When our couple manage to make love, Dominique's moanings are not simultaneous with her lips.See more »
Quotes:
Mikolaj:What counts on bridge is memory.
[sighing]
Mikolaj:And mine is excellent.
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Movie Connections:
References Contempt (1963)See more »
Soundtrack:
To ostatnia niedzielaSee more »

FAQ

The Meaning of the Sign Language in the Last Scene / La Signification de la language de signe en la scéne de la fin
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78 out of 85 people found the following review useful.
White as a wedding gown, as a dove..., 2 August 2002
Author: Jugu Abraham (jugu_abraham@yahoo.co.uk) from Trivandrum, Kerala, India

Ostensibly Kieslowski chose white of the French flag to make a movie on equality. Equality if it can be reached in marriage, makes it work. Marriage is rocked when an equilibrium is not reached. A dove can be caressed and be a symbol of peace and purity; a dove can defecate and dirty as well

White in the movie is used as an epiphany of the joyous moments in marriage. The doves are weaved in Kieslowski visually and aurally to accentuate the marriage as a rite of passage in life. He brings in the phrase "light at the end of the tunnel" towards the end of the film. There is another marriage, that of Mikolaj in the subplot that also survives in a strange way.

The film begins with divorce proceedings and ends with the wife signalling the reinstatement of the wedding ring on her finger. The film begins with husband recalling the wedding that has failed. The doves flying overhead unload excreta on him. Towards the end of the film, the husband again recalls the wedding as he sets off for the wife's prison.

Kieslowski's treatise on equality is based on marriage as a great leveller with the doves flutter captured on the soundtrack appearing as a frequent reminder of marital bonds. It even appears in the underground metro, an unlikely place if you have a logical mind. You have to throw away logic if you need to enjoy this film.

There are aspects of the film that are obviously unrealistic. Putting a grown man in a suitcase and letting the suitcase go through airport security is not feasible. Moreover, the director shows the heavy suitcase perched precariously on a luggage cart. Impossible to believe all these details.

But the deeper question is whether Kieslowski was using marriage as a metaphor for politics? There is the mention of the Russian corpse with the head crushed for sale, there is a mention of the neon sign that sputters...The name Karol Karol seems reminiscent of Kafka.

Sex in this film is not to be taken at face value. Impotence of Karol Karol at strategic points of the film is deceptive. He apparently does more than hair care for women clients at his hair care parlor in Poland (suggested, not shown). I have a great admiration for Polish cinema, having gown up watching works of Wajda and Zanussi. I met Kieslowski in 1982 when he attended an international film festival in Bangalore, India, promoting his film "Camera Buff," another film with Jerzy Stuhr, who plays Jurek in "White". I took note of "Camera Buff" but I could not imagine the director of "Camera Buff" would evolve into a perfectionist a decade later. Stuhr has been metamorphosed from a live wire in "Camera Buff" to an effeminate colleague of Karol Karol in "White". "White" is a carefully made work with support of other top Polish directors in the wings--Zanussi and Agniezka Holland.

Although the film is heavy in symbolism, it is also a parody. Karol Karol comes to kill with a blank bullet and a real one. Did he plan that out, when he did not know who he was going to shoot?

The performances are all brilliant--the good Polish, Hungarian, and Czech filmmakers extract performances from their actors that could humble Hollywood directors, because the stars are not the actors but the directors. Great music. Great photography. And a very intelligent script.

This is a major film of the nineties--providing superb wholesome entertainment and food for thought. The film deservedly won Kieslowski the "best director" award at the Berlin Film festival in 1994. It is sad for the world of cinema that Kieslowski is no longer with us.

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