‘1 Man 365 Films 365 Days’ – Day 337

#351/ 365 – ‘Three Colours Blue’ (1993) – 98 mins
IMDb Challenge / 250 – Not Ranked – iTunes

Julie (Juliette Binoche) loses her composer husband and their child in a car crash and, though devastated, she tries to make a new start, away from her country house and a would-be lover. But she is haunted by the music that still surrounds her and by some unpleasant facts that she uncovers about her husband’s life. Slowly Julie learns to live again, as music and the gift to create it prove to be a healing force.

With parts of this film I wanted to dismiss it as pretentious art house. Then other parts I was mildly enchanted by is visual and aural style and its love of character. Juliette Binoche, in essence in a one-woman show here, turns in a remarkable performance. She manages to bring a great sense of humanity and sympathy to the role.

#352/ 365 – ‘Three Colours White’ (1994) – 91 mins
IMDb Challenge / 250 – Not Ranked – iTunes

Karol (Polish) marries Domininque (French) and moves to Paris. The marriage breaks down and Dominique divorces Karol, forcing him into the life of a metro beggar and eventually back to Poland. However, he never forgets Dominique and while building a new life for himself in Warsaw he begins to plot…

The second chapter in Krzysztof Kieslowski’s Three Colors trilogy. One of the biggest problem I found with White was the plot leaps forward in a rather disjointed manner, and at times, it seemed that there were scenes missing. Whilst none of these gaps caused any permanent damage, they lead to a momentary sense of confusion.

Nevertheless, despite these flaws, White is a good exploration of character mixed with irony, on a man down on his luck in extraordinarily painful ways.

#353/ 365 – ‘Three Colours Red’ (1994) – 99 mins
IMDb Challenge #225 / 250 – Ranked #245 – iTunes

Valentine (Irene Jacob) is a young model who meets a retired judge by chance when she rescues his dog from a car accident. Their initially fiery relationship mellows into a close friendship which ultimately liberates them both.

Red, the final installment in Krzysztof Kieslowski’s Colors trilogy, provides a thematic conclusion to these otherwise stand-alone films. Thematically, Red is the most pleasing of the three films. Kieslowski construction in a unique and artistic way, allows hardly a moment to pass when you don’t consider how fate manipulates the lives of its characters.

Three Colours Red is not plot driven at all, and neither does it adhere to any particular storytelling formula. It is purely character driven, and this makes for a more realistic, more compelling, and less predictable watch as Blue and White.

As a side note. If you are looking to experience The Three Colours Trilogy apart from a seemingly loose convergence in the last scene of Red for the three sets of characters in the series. They are standalone films and do not need to be viewed as a single unit.

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