Three Colours: Blue (1993)

Trois couleurs: Bleu
Feature Film | Drama | France/Poland/Switzerland | French | 1h38m
Dir: Krzysztof Kieślowski | Scr: Krzysztof Kieślowski & Krzysztof Piesiewicz | Ph: Slawomir Idziak | Prod: Marin Karmitz | Mus: Zbigniew Preisner | Ed: Jacques Witta | PD: Claude Lenoir | Snd: Jean-Claude Laureux | Cast: Juliette Binoche, Benoît Régent, Florence Pernel, Charlotte Véry, Hélène Vincent, Philippe Volter, Claude Duneton, Hugues Quester, Emmanuelle Riva

After surviving the car crash that took the lives of her husband and daughter, the wife of a famous composer abandons her old life in favour of one of solitude. However, the forming of an unexpected friendship and her love of music prevent her from withdrawing completely, in this extraordinary film – the first part of Kieślowski’s Three Colours Trilogy. The late Polish director’s mise en scène is inventive and stylish, yet never flashy, whilst Idziak’s luminous photography dazzles in various shades of blue. The film’s use of music is also quite remarkable. Never the less, it is Binoche’s painfully intense performance that really drives the piece.