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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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Box Office

Gross USA:

$1,324,974
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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 »

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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 »

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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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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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Excellently executed, sensitive and moving drama.
18 July 2001 | by RebexSee all my reviews

This is one of the best movies I have ever seen. Not only for Juliette Binoche's excellent performance, but also for the delicate cinematography, the haunting music and the overall texture of immersion in the world of the young woman. If you are after car chases, exploding jets and gun-toting macho muscle-men, then stop reading now, this is not for you.

I enjoyed the other two films in the trilogy ("Three colours Red" and "Three Colours White"), but "...Blue" is easily the best. Kieslowski's movies are very different from the formulaic action movies that steer you firmly down a plotline, without giving the audience time to absorb any feeling. Without giving anything away, the story centres on the life of a young woman who experiences a great loss, and how everything changes, how she reacts, what happens next and much more. Music plays a central part in the plot and the scene where her finger traces the score as she shapes the symphony for Europe, is unforgettable. As you watch it you are lulled by the music yet also aware of the tension between her lover and her. Simply put, this film is subtle and moving, beautiful to watch, has a haunting musical soundtrack (I bought the CD as well, I have to say) and is never sentimental or cliched, not for a minute. There are little link scenes that join this movie with the other "Three colours..." movies - the storylines are separate but overlap.

If you liked this, see also "Three colours Red" and "The Unbearable lightness of Being". It's best on the big screen.


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