Blue

Blue

DVD - 1993 | French
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A young woman is left devastated by the unexpected death of her husband and child. She retreats from the world around her, but is soon reluctantly drawn into an ever-widening web of lies and passion as the dark, secret life of her husband begins to unravel.
Publisher: Burbank, Calif. : Miramax, 1993
Edition: Widescreen ed
ISBN: 9780788841477
0788841475
Branch Call Number: DVD BLU
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (98 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in

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Janice21383
Jan 28, 2016

There are films that are best watched in a busy theatre, or at home with friends getting up for snacks, sitting down, chatting, etc. And then there are films best watched alone, with concentration, and Blue, about one woman's recovery from profound grief, is obviously the latter. Most of the appeal of the film is the ability to closely identify with the heroine, and to follow what is happening in her mind without having it spelled out. If nothing is happening in your own mind, yes, you may find it boring. By the end, it becomes an exhilarating and optimistic film, so much so I had to take one-half star off for a corny moment. This is probably Juliette Binoche's best role.

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akirakato
Jan 27, 2016

This is a French drama directed by Krzysztof Kieślowski, originally released as a motion picture in 1993.
The "Three Colors" trilogy is the collective title of three films directed by Krzysztof Kieślowski---two made in French and one primarily in Polish.
As you know, three Colors (blue, white, and red) are three colors of the French flag.
The "White" and the "Red" were made in 1994.
Although the accident scene is shocking, the following fifty minutes are probably boring you to death as they did to me.
This stylish film is supposed to deliver captivating performance and stunning imagery.
Unfortunately, however, it does NOT.
In a nutshell, you will have an oppotunity to think about well... adultery, but that's about all to this movie.

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Nursebob
Dec 05, 2014

After surviving a car crash in which her famous composer husband and five-year old daughter are killed, Julie is incapacitated by grief. Unable to attend their funeral in person (a state affair given her husband’s celebrity status) she can only crawl under her hospital sheets and stare numbly at a video recording of it. After an unsuccessful suicide attempt Julie decides to kill herself by other means: she sells off everything she owns, cuts ties with her friends (including Olivier, her would-be lover), and moves to Paris where she reinvents herself as an idle woman of means. Refusing to fall into the “trap” of loving anyone or anything again, she spends her days engaging in pointless pursuits while avoiding any meaningful human contact. But no woman is an island and despite herself Julie begins to form tenuous ties with the people around her…the prostitute downstairs, her institutionalized mother, a street musician, a persistent Olivier…all of whom are carrying their own load of emotional baggage. Furthermore, what few trinkets she kept from her former life trigger deeper memories and her husband’s unfinished score (he had been commissioned to compose a symphony celebrating the unification of Europe) refuses to leave her head… The first film in director Krzysztof Kieslowski’s trilogy based on the colours of the French flag, Blue (symbolizing “Liberty”) examines both the cost and the illusion of freedom in an increasingly interdependent world. In trying to escape her sorrow…and accompanying anger…through isolation Julie forms a psychological prison which ironically limits her life more than love or grief ever could. “What do you do for a living?” inquires her real estate agent, “Nothing” is her curt reply. Only by opening up to the joys and pains of others, that trap she so desperately tried to avoid, can Julie hope to obtain personal liberation. But, as with all things worth having, there is a price to be paid for as Julie begins to examine her own life, including her marriage, some painful truths are laid bare. Bogged down in places by a few heavy-handed metaphors (the colour blue saturates every scene; mom’s television screen shows bungee jumpers taking leaps of faith; Julie constantly dives into the sapphire waters of a public pool) Kieslowski’s masterful direction, backed by some evocative cinematography and a standout performance by lead Juliette Binoche, still manages to keep things grounded. And that majestic orchestral score gives the whole proceeding an aura of great solemnity.

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1_critic
May 24, 2014

A work of art that won't be appreciated by the majority. If you're looking for a Hollywood style, quick-fix, feel-good movie this one isn't for you. If you are a patron of the arts I highly recommend this film.

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0cho
Mar 20, 2014

Just because this movie is foreign and French doesn’t make it good. I have no idea why this movie got such a high rating elsewhere. This is a very slow moving movie with very little dialogue and nothing really going on. Sure it’s sad but the movie fails to capture you and in the end you are wishing you were watching something else. Do yourself a favour and give this one a pass.

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ms_mustard
Mar 13, 2013

brilliantly acted by Juliette Binoche. first of a trilogy - Blue, White, Red. Blue is for liberty - in this case the liberty not to feel anything after a horrendous loss. but feeling and a sense of connection slowly begin again.

btmslt Jan 23, 2012

A bit to slow moving but with some interesting cinematography.

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jaqmartial1
Dec 15, 2011

Binoche is superb...and the movie is outstanding..and of the same caliber as the other 2 movies from the "trilogy". The director also has some humor one needs to understand and appreciate. The last movie (Rouge/Red) brings the 2 movies together...

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