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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Nominated for 3 Golden Globes. Another 21 wins & 15 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Juliette Binoche ... Julie
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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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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Trivia

After the opening screening of this film at the 2018 Visegrad Film Forum in Bratislava, cinematographer Slawomir Idziak described an unusual technique he used to shoot the scene where blue light glares appear superimposed over Juliette Binoche's character. It was apparently achieved by wrapping the camera in blue gels, opening its rear and flashing lights directly at the film negative. See more »

Goofs

When Julie spits the pills out of her mouth, she has white powder on her lips. In the next shot of her after the nurse see's her, her lips are clean, then the powder is visible again in the next shot. 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.
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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 »

Connections

Referenced in Zombie Girl: The Movie (2009) See more »

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A passage through dark water into light
15 December 2003 | by rosalyn-1See all my reviews

This movie is one of my favorites.

The disturbing topic of a woman who can't deal with the loss of her husband and child transforms into an essay on the impossibility of isolation. It is a quiet, personal movie that spends most of it's time with the main character played excellently by Juliette Binoche.

The color blue is very evident in the film,and a fade to a simple blue screen is used to show times of deep emotion. Although the characters are set in a specific time and place ( France just before the formation of the EU ) the focus on the personal journey of grief transcends the setting.

I like the way this film changes from a story about a death to an affirmation to life. I like the way that little things like mice in the apartment loom large in the thought of our main character, where as what others consider important such as finishing her husband's symphony seem very minor .

It feels like diving deep through cold dark water to finally swim toward the light. One passes through emotional turmoil to come out the other side. I found it a very satisfying.


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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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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,413, 5 December 1993

Gross USA:

$1,324,974

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,341,154
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Dolby SR

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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