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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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Krzysztof Kieslowski (scenario), Krzysztof Piesiewicz (scenario) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Juliette Binoche ... Julie Vignon (de Courcy)
Benoît Régent Benoît Régent ... Olivier (as Benoit Regent)
Florence Pernel ... Sandrine
Charlotte Véry ... Lucille (as Charlotte Very)
Hélène Vincent ... La journaliste (as Helene Vincent)
Philippe Volter Philippe Volter ... L'agent immobilier
Claude Duneton Claude Duneton ... Le médecin
Hugues Quester ... Patrice (Mari de Julie)
Emmanuelle Riva ... La mère
Florence Vignon Florence Vignon ... La copiste
Daniel Martin Daniel Martin ... Le voisin du dessous
Jacek Ostaszewski Jacek Ostaszewski ... Le flutiste
Catherine Therouenne Catherine Therouenne ... La voisine
Yann Trégouët Yann Trégouët ... Antoine (as Yann Tregouet)
Alain Ollivier Alain Ollivier ... L'avocat
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Storyline

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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Country:

France | Poland | Switzerland

Language:

French | Romanian | Polish

Release Date:

8 September 1993 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Three Colors: Blue See more »

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Gross USA:

$1,324,974
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Fade outs in this film, which are traditionally used in movies to represent time passing or to conclude a certain scene, instead bring the viewers back to the point in time which the fade out began. The occasional fade outs and fade ins to Julie's character are used to represent an extremely subjective point of view. According to director Kieslowski: "at a certain moment, time really does pass for Julie while at the same time, it stands still. Not only does her music come back to haunt her at a certain point, but time stands still for a moment." See more »

Goofs

The speech given at the funeral states Julie's daughter's age as 5, but the dates on the coffin (26/04/1985 - 07/09/1992) would make her 7 years old. 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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'Blue,' 'White' and 'Red' represent the apotheosis of European art cinema just at the moment when its very existence seemed most uncertain…
23 November 2008 | by Nazi_Fighter_DavidSee all my reviews

"Three Colors Blue" is the first part of Polish director Krzysztof Kieslowski's Three Colors trilogy… "Blue" is set in France, "White" in Poland and "Red" in Switzerland, but all production was based in France… Not only are the colors of the trilogy those of the French national flag; the original intention was meditation on the ideals of the French Revolution: freedom, equality and fraternity… This suggests a political dimension to the work… But though like most Polish filmmakers Kieslowski had his difficulties with the Polish Communist system, its collapse by the early 1990s meant that he was not only free to work where he pleased, but liberated from the necessity for his films to engage directly in the political process…

In "Three Colors Blue" Juliette Binoche plays a woman whose husband and daughter are killed in a car crash… Overcome by melancholy, she progressively withdraws from life, depriving herself of possessions and refusing relationships, a state of mind conveyed in part by the director's subtle use of color blue… But eventually she is able to accept the attentions of a lover and even to offer friendship to another woman who is pregnant with her husband's child… Finally, she completes the piece of music which her husband has been commissioned to write…

The result is a work that has less in common with the Polish 'Cinema of moral concern' of the late 1970s than with the tradition of the mainstream European art cinema, in its concerns with alienation and the loss of feeling, countered by the transcendent power of love…


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