THREE COLORS - BLUE
DIRECTOR: KRZYSZTOF KIESLOWSKI
COUNTRY: POLAND/FRANCE 1992
CINEMATOGRAPHY: SLAWOMIR IDZIAK
MUSIC: ZBIGNIEW PREISNER
CAST: Emmanuelle Riva (Mother), Juliette Binoche (Julie), Benoit Regent (Olivier), Yann Tregonet (Antoine), Charlotte Very (Lucille)
SUPER FEATURES: It's Kieslowski. Still good.
Part two of the trilogy of films by Krzysztof Kieslowski, is called BLUE. And the first two films (the other being WHITE) all seem to center on the inadequacies that some of us seem to have in our loving relationships.
And there are some directorial touches that help Kieslowski stand out in this film. Much clearer than his earlier work. The two lovers, and they are married, are in what appears to be an impossible situation, she is french and he is polish, and they can barely communicate. Since they can not get it on, just about at all, the director decides to get it on instead. And some of the nice touches that add to the filming are very visible. There are thinking pauses, mostly done in low lights, or in the dark. They have music, instead. The tight, close ups, give you an immediate feeling that you are part of the action, and, oooppps, you are in the way. Combined with some odd camera angles, this
makes for a curious inter action. You can't help like both of the characters, or dislike them for that matter. What could turn out to be a disarray of movement turns into a nice un-rehearsed stage movement by the actors.... as if the camera were just another person. It doesn't bother them, anymore than it bothers us. But for us it is a movie, and for them it is real.
In essence, however, if one looks at the story of the film, it is really about the unification of Europe, and the problems that is is causing. People can't even get their own personal unifications together, let alone the whole continent. This is the clearest point, if any, in the film. And because of it, many people live an isolated life, and existence. And there is a comment that Benoit makes regarding what a loner Julie is, and how sad she always seems to look and live.
Compared to the very EXCELLENT "La Double Vie de Veronique", I don't find this film as good. I think "White", is quieter and subtle. But BLUE has a desire to get things done, regardless of the situation. And Benoit wants so badly to get his wife to come to him again. And he does his best, including making an attempt to fool the authorities. And when it comes down to it, the blame is forced on ... oppps can't give it away. You got to see it.
A love story, that is impossible, and continues to be so, but done in a loving fashion, with a lot of care to details and how can we possibly make this work..... with just fabulous music by Zbigniew Preisner, as in other Kieslowski films, that just stands out so nicely. And the director allows the music to speak through the dark and through any imagery that is created. Nice touch, that few directors have ever used.
I do not find Juliette Binoche as good as Irene Jacob, or Julie Delpy, but she is nice, and seems to have the kinda of innocent look, young girl, that we have come to find in the Kieslowski films. It is all about the coming of age.... for all of us, including the united european states in the future.
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