Three Colors: White (Trzy kolory: Bialy) (Trois Couleurs: Blanc)
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Three Colors: White (Trzy kolory: Bialy) (Trois Couleurs: Blanc)
The second feature in filmmaker Krzysztof Kieslowski's "Three Colors" trilogy, the black comedy White features Zbigniew Zamachowski as Karol Karol, an expatriate Polish hairdresser whose French wife (the breathtaking Julie Delpy) divorces him after just six months of marriage because of his impotency. Penniless and devoid of his passport, Karol must journey back to Poland by hiding in a trunk. Upon his return, he slowly begins amassing a considerable fortune, ultimately hatching a perverse plot for revenge. Often unjustly dismissed as the weak link in the trilogy, White grows in… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 90%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"he love that figures centrally in White appears more as a postulate than as a realized fact. To achieve something more durable and persuasive, real characters are required, not allegorical stick figures."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"How could the creator of Blue, the story of a woman who grieves by moping around Paris in a chichi haircut, possibly have followed it with such a rich, light-handed marvel?"
‑ Caryn James, New York Times
"As probing and meaningful as any arthouse hit of the '90s, lacking only the drama and mystical qualities of Blue and Red to overtly flag itself as such."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"Kieslowski's film is one of the great film comedies. Sure, it's the light relief of the Three Colours trilogy, but its sharp observations about human nature are every bit as telling."
‑ , Film4
"an odd seriocomic film"
‑ James Kendrick, Q Network Film Desk
"The entertaining second seg of Krzysztof Kieslowski's Three Colors trilogy is involving, bittersweet and droll."
‑ Lisa Nesselson, Variety
"Kieslowski, who so keenly satirized the crippling excesses of communism in his earlier work, unflinchingly has a go at training-wheels capitalism, but not without affection for the thawing tundra of his beleaguered mother country."
‑ Jonathan Kiefer,
"A bleak but ultimately hopeful comedy which, if it hadn't got to be called White, might very well be dubbed Black."
‑ Derek Malcolm, Guardian
"Karol Karol embodies his homeland, going for broke--in criminal fashion, if necessary--to stake its claim as a player in the European landscape. [Blu-ray]"
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
"The second installment in the color trilogy is a black, whimsical comedy about the distortions of equality--and love. Lead actor Zamachowski bears resemblance to the little tramp; reportedly director Kieslowski asked him to watch Chaplin pictures."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"It's often cruel, of course, and cool as an ice-pick, but it's still endowed with enough unsentimental humanity to end with a touching, lyrical admission of the power of love. Essential viewing."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"In White, which details the agonies of obsessive love, [Kieslowski's] story is more realistic, and his style more prosaic, but the results are no less inscrutable -- and no less engaging."
‑ Hal Hinson, Washington Post
"The least favourite of the trilogy, this is also arguably the most accessible."
‑ Steve Beard, Empire Magazine
"... not so much a black comedy as a wicked satire in the cold white light of Polish winter, which (as you would expect) informs the color palette of this film."
‑ Sean Axmaker, Parallax View
"Originally told and surprisingly funny."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide