Three Colors: Blue (Trois Couleurs: Bleu)
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The French/Polish Blue was directed by the late Polish filmmaker Krzystof Kieslowski. Juliette Binoche delivers an award-winning performance as a devastated French woman who has lost her husband and child in an auto accident. The grieving Binoche busies herself by building a whole new life. In so doing, she tries to purge herself of all memories of her late husband, a famous composer. Kieslowski followed Blue with White and Red, each film exploring a different aspect of contemporary European life. ("Blue" is the traditional French color of liberty.)

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Even in such a visually sumptuous work, Kieslowski is brave enough to tell us -- through blackouts, blurred focus and commanding stillness -- not to look, but simply to listen."
‑ Jonathan Kiefer,
"A powerful motion picture."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"Kieslowski...implies, not for the first or last time, a form of divine intervention or destiny at work... [Blu-ray]"
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
"Blue -- Kieslowski's masterpiece -- is a story about the journey from grief and brokenness to rebirth, written on a woman's face."
‑ Jeffrey Overstreet, Looking Closer
"In Blue, the first of the Three Color Trilogy, Polish filmmaker Kieslowski tackled unabashedly spiritual and existential issues through the graceful presence of French actress Juliette Binoche."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"A challenge to the imagination."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Krzysztof Kieslowski's penetrating, hypnotic meditation on liberty and loss."
‑ Hal Hinson, Washington Post
"As one might assume from the title, the color blue dominates the palette, from the light over the city at dusk to the glow from the swimming pool she visits ..."
‑ Sean Axmaker, Turner Classic Movies Online
"Director Krzysztof Kieslowski's noted visual style is amply on display: images are transformed from the familiar into the unearthly, with a sense of dislocation permeating the whole."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"I was moved and touched by all three, and continue to ponder which is my favourite (but lately I'm thinking 'Blue.')"
‑ Gregory Weinkauf, ÜberCiné
"The rehabilitation of a human spirit after painful tragedy is given stunning, aesthetic dimension."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"The story of how to become a new, better, more whole self... There is nothing less tragic than that."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"Binoche's performance is brilliantly understated, and she conveys with minimal dialogue and outward affectation a woman who is internally in turmoil"
‑ James Kendrick, Q Network Film Desk
"Juliette Binoche stars in Blue, which was once considered the weakest of the trilogy but holds up better than one would have suspected."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"A fascinating mood piece."
‑ Michael Dequina,
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