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Color Trilogy (Blue/White/Red) (1993/94)
|by P. G. R. Nair|
Director: Krzysztof Kieslowski /Poland /Polish/(98/92/99) mts
Blue (1993, 98 mins.)
Juliette Binoche plays a young woman whose husband and child are killed in a car crash. After a period of emotional paralysis, she telephones an old friend who has always been in love with her, and tells him his chance has come around at last. They have sex. She wants to see if it will help. It does not. She moves to an obscure street in an anonymous corner of Paris, determined to see no one she knows and make no new friends. But as chance would have it, she does meet someone: She meets her husband's mistress.
White (1994, 92 mins.)
The second part of Kieslowski's trilogy is also the wittiest of the three. Zbigniew Zamachowski stars as a Polish man whose life disintegrates when his new French bride (Julie Delpy) deserts him after only six months. Forced to begin anew, he returns to Poland and plans a clever scheme of revenge against her.
Red (1994, 99 mins.)
"Red" stars Irene Jacob as Valentine, a woman in Geneva whose car strikes a beautiful golden retriever. She nurses the dog back to health and returns it to its owner, a retired judge (Jean-Louis Trintignant), who tells her she can keep it. He is beyond worrying about dogs. He occupies his days intercepting the telephone calls of his neighbors, and he watches them through his windows almost like God--actually, just like God--curious, since they have free will, what they will do next. After a lifetime of passing verdicts, he wants to be a detached observer.
As a young man this judge was once in love, lost that love, and has lived on hold ever since. He all but caresses his emotional wounds. Although at first he rudely turns Valentine away, slowly he begins to tell her his story. There is a moment in "Red" where Valentine leans forward to listen with such attention and sympathy that she seems at prayer. Only gradually do we learn that the story of the judge and his lost love reveals parallels with the story of Valentine and her lover who is always absent, and with the life of a young law student who lives across from her apartment in the city--a student she has never met.
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