Three Colours: Blue (1993)
I found this the hardest prompt of the lot but, in the end, I couldn’t not choose Krzysztof Kieślowski’s Trois Couleurs (Three Colours) trilogy. After Hal Hartley, Kieślowski was my next favourite director and this trilogy was the first time I saw films that interconnected.
It’s a long time since I’ve watched these films – time for a rewatch with the family I think. The three – Blue (1993), White (1994) and Red (1994) – represent the colours of the French flag and motto of Liberty, Equality and Fraternity. Blue stars Juliette Binoche as a woman trying to cope with life after the death of her husband and child, seeking liberty from grief, perhaps and in doing so, from fellowship and community. I remember loving the music, the blue-soaked visuals, the slowly unfurling story and, of course, Binoche who never disappoints.
White is a bleaker film and I remember not loving it quite as much. The main protagonist is a Polish man, Karol (Zbigniew Zamachowski) whose marriage to French woman Dominique (Julie Delpy) is failing. It is more pessimistic than Blue and brings to mind the cold white of ice and snow.
Red brings back the warmth of fraternity with Valentine (Irène Jacob) meeting a Judge (Jean-Louis Trintignant) who spies on his neighbours. It’s about love and fate and I remember feeling that this film was full of depth of meaning as it intricately weaves in the stories of Blue and White.
So, what’s your favourite film with a colour in the title? I’m prepared to be flexible about the definition of colour.
Posted as part of the 30-Day Fillums Challenge, created by me. If you want to see what’s coming up, have a look at my post here and feel free to join in by commenting each day with your own choice.
Coming Next: Day 25: Your favourite LGBTQI+ film