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  • Writer's pictureHunter Friesen

"The Three Colors Trilogy" Throwback Review

Three Colors: Blue

From it's myriad of close-ups to its triumphant score, Blue is an excellent examination of love and loss.

While credit is most surely due to Kieslowski and Piesiewicz, it's Juliette Binoche as our main character, Julie, who carries the emotional force of this film with only a look.

An excellent start to a trilogy I'm now more excited than ever to be embarking on.

Three Colors: White

There is a reason that the best moments in White, the second in the Three Colors trilogy, are the ones that harken back to the brilliant emotion within Blue.

What came as a shock while watching the film is that White is a straight story of revenge served cold. This substitution made by Kieslowski of plot over feelings leaves White a minor disappointment compared to its predecessor.

Nevertheless, the story here is engaging throughout as you never really know what it is going to happen and for what reasons.

Three Colors: Red

Much like Paul Thomas Anderson's Magnolia, Red (and its two predecessors) beautifully explores the reality of chance in our lives. We all perceive the randomness of our world in some sort of order. Things happen for a reason and there's nothing we can do about it. But some things just simply happen and make the largest impacts on our lives.

Within Red, almost every single happening comes down to randomness or chance. Sure, characters can make some alterations, but most everything comes down to being in the right place at the right time. It's what makes the story, and the characters, automatically mysterious and interesting. There's a reason why we don't know what will happen next and why we desperately want to know. Kieślowski has really made something with this trilogy and expertly weaved them together to create unity with separate distinction.


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