Monday, March 25, 2013

Movie of the Week – Three Colors: Blue

This week’s movie: Three Colors: Blue (1993).

The first in the Three Colors Trilogy (followed by White and Red), Blue focuses on the wife of a great contemporary composer who has died along with her child and how she deals with her grief and emptiness.

Polish auteur Krzysztof Kieslowski writes and directs the film (which is probably his best, well this or Red). Composer Zbigniew Preisner scores the entire Trilogy, but his music for Blue is especially magnificent and plays a major role in the film (here is a sample). Cinematographer Slawomir Idziak shoots the film with a wonderful use of color (or lack of color when needed). He is among my favorite working D.P.s (his work on Black Hawk Down is phenomenal). Production designer Claude Lenoir designed all three films and his work throughout the Trilogy is top notch.

The film stars Juliette Binoche giving maybe the best performance of her career. It is heartbreaking. The supporting cast features Benoit Regent, Emmanuelle Riva (who recently got some due acclaim for her work in Amour), and Julie Delpy (who stars in White).

Blue is a viscerally intense experience. It is a masterwork of emotional resonance, utilizing cinema’s visual medium to its full potential. For fans of art films and emotionally enveloping dramas, this is a must-see.

Trailer: Here

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