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Three Colors: White (1994)

Trois couleurs: Blanc (original title)
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After his wife divorces him, a Polish immigrant plots to get even with her.

Writers:

Krzysztof Kieslowski (scenario), Krzysztof Piesiewicz (scenario) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Michel Lisowski ... L'interprète (The Interpreter)
Philippe Morier-Genoud 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 Barbara Dziekan ... La caissière (The Cashier)
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Storyline

Karol (Polish) marries Dominique (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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Details

Country:

Switzerland | France | Poland

Language:

Polish | French

Release Date:

10 June 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Three Colors: White See more »

Filming Locations:

Paris, France See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$1,464,625
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Krzysztof Kieslowski was a very precise filmmaker. During the scene in which Dominique has an orgasm, he told Julie Delpy exactly how long she had to moan and when she had to start to moan louder. See more »

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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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Soundtracks

To ostatnia niedziela
(This Last Sunday) (uncredited)
Music by Jerzy Petersburski and words by Zenon Frejdwald
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Kieslowski a masterful painter in Blue, White and Red: see all three!
6 November 1999 | by javoldSee 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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