Blue (1993)

KRZYSZTOF KIESLOWSKI

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5

Original title:  Trois Couleurs: Bleu

France/Poland/Switzerland, 1993.  MK2 Productions, CED Productions, France 3 Cinéma, CAB Productions, Zespol Filmowy “Tor”, Canal+, Centre National de la Cinématographie, Fonds Eurimages du Conseil de l’Europe.  Scenario by Krzysztof Kieslowski, , collaboration with , .  Cinematography by Slawomir Idziak.  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by , .  Film Editing by .  

The first chapter of Krzysztof Kieslowski’s French flag trilogy (followed by White and the superb Red) is this beautifully photographed drama.

is excellent (as usual) as a musician’s wife who is thrust into an empty emotional void when a car accident involving her husband and daughter leaves her as the only survivor.

Powerful static images and haunting music conspire to make a memorable experience, though neither this nor White are up to the standard to the final entry in the trilogy.

The Criterion Collection:  #588

European Film Award Nomination:  Best European Film

Golden Globe Award NominationsBest Actress-Drama (Juliette Binoche); Best Original Score; Best Foreign Language Film

Venice Film Festival Awards:   Golden Lion (tie); Best Actress (Juliette Binoche); Best Cinematography

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