Three Colors: Blue [Trois couleurs: Bleu] is the first movie in a trilogy based on the colours of the French national flag (blue, white and red) and the French national motto “Liberty, Equality and Fraternity”.
In Blue (Liberty), Julie (played by Juliette Binoche) is in deep grief after her husband and young daughter are killed in a horrible car accident. Her husband was a well known composer and Julie tries to find her “liberty” from the grief by dispensing with her old life and start afresh. She sells all her possessions, releases herself from her financial commitments and tries to leave her relationships behind. She moves into a Paris apartment, aiming to withdraw from the world and live completely anonymously. Although she tries hard to achieve this, people from her past life still need her and find her. Her husband had left a major symphony unfinished and she is caught between wanting to leave it all behind and wanting to finish the piece for the good of her husband’s memory. She finds that her husband’s music, the care of those around her and a surprising discovery actually help her deal with her feelings and regain some normality to her life.
This is a good movie – it’s moody and dark but depicts Julie’s grief and deep emotions very well. All visual aspects of this movie are blue, it’s quite stark and slow moving, but I did enjoy it. It’s my second favourite of the trilogy.
Made: 1993. Directed by Krzysztof Kieslowski