French Release date8 September 1993 (1993-09-08) (Blue)
26 January 1994 (1994-01-26) (White)
8 September 1994 (1994-09-08) (Red) WriterKrzysztof Kieslowski (scenario), Krzysztof Piesiewicz (scenario), Agnieszka Holland (scenario collaborator), Edward Zebrowski (scenario collaborator), Slawomir Idziak (scenario collaborator) CastJuliette Binoche (Julie Vignon), Benoît Régent (Olivier), Florence Pernel (Sandrine), Charlotte Véry (Lucille), Hélène Vincent (La journaliste), Philippe Volter (L'agent immobilier) Similar moviesBon Jovi: Live on VH1 Unplugged, Kiss: Monster Tour in Zurich, Whitesnake: Made in Japan, Taylor Swift & Def Leppard: CMT Crossroads, Kiss: Rock the Nation Live, Kiss: MTV Unplugged
Julie (Juliette Binoche) is haunted by her grief after living through a tragic auto wreck that claimed the life of her composer husband and young daughter. Her initial reaction is to withdraw from her relationships, lock herself in her apartment and suppress her pain. But avoiding human interactions on the bustling streets of Paris proves impossible, and she eventually meets up with Olivier (Benoit Regent), an old friend who harbors a secret love for her, and who could draw her back to reality.
The Three Colors trilogy (Polish: , French: ) is the collective title of three films directed by Krzysztof Kieslowski, two made in French and one primarily in Polish: Three Colors: Blue (1993), Three Colors: White (1994), and Three Colors: Red (1994). All three were co-written by Kieslowski and Krzysztof Piesiewicz (with story consultants Agnieszka Holland and Slawomir Idziak) and have musical scores by Zbigniew Preisner.
The films were Kieslowskis first major successes in the Western world.
A woman struggles to find a way to live her life after the death of her husband and child.
Blue, white, and red are the colours of the French flag in left-to-right order, and the story of each film is loosely based on one of the three political ideals in the motto of the French Republic: liberty, equality, fraternity. As with the treatment of the Ten Commandments in The Decalogue, the illustration of these principles is often ambiguous and ironic. As Kieslowski noted in an interview with an Oxford University student newspaper, â€œThe words [liberte, egalite, fraternite] are French because the money [to fund the films] is French. If the money had been of a different nationality we would have titled the films differently, or they might have had a different cultural connotation. But the films would probably have been the same.â€�
The trilogy are also interpreted respectively as an anti-tragedy, an anti-comedy, and an anti-romance.
Three Colors: Blue
Juliette Binoche - Julie
Benoit Regent - Olivier
Florence Pernel - Sandrine
Three Colors: White
Zbigniew Zamachowski - Karol
Julie Delpy - Dominique
Janusz Gajos - Mikolaj
Three Colors: Red
Irene Jacob - Valentine
Jean-Louis Trintignant - Joseph
Jean-Pierre Lorit - Auguste
Music for all three parts of the trilogy was composed by Zbigniew Preisner and performed by Silesian Philharmonic choir along with Sinfonia Varsovia.
Blue got 100% on the Rotten Tomatoes website, based on 39 reviews. The second part of the trilogy, White, was ranked with 90% based on 41 reviews, while its final film, Red, was certified "Fresh" on the same website and got 100% based on 47 reviews.
Roger Ebert included the trilogy in its entirety to his "Great Movies" list.
Ranked #11 in Empire magazines "The 33 Greatest Movie Trilogies" in 2010.
Ranked #14 in Empire magazines "The 100 Best Films of World Cinema" in 2010.