Three Colors: Blue (1993)

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A woman struggles to find a way to live her life after the death of her husband and child.




  • Juliette Binoche in Three Colors: Blue (1993)
  • Juliette Binoche in Three Colors: Blue (1993)
  • Juliette Binoche and Benoît Régent in Three Colors: Blue (1993)
  • Juliette Binoche and Krzysztof Kieslowski in Three Colors: Blue (1993)
  • Krzysztof Kieslowski in Three Colors: Blue (1993)
  • Juliette Binoche in Three Colors: Blue (1993)

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13 March 2002 | patita-1
| Bleu A Symphony of Grief
The subject(mourn,lost)is so interesting and profound that this film is a real treasure. It is very difficult to write about 'Bleu' because this film has so many intense scenes,with many details.Juliette Binoche's vulnerability is in every scene, every gesture, every moment. She plays an enigmatic woman,'Julie,' we're witness to her terrible loss(her husband who was a famous composer and her daughter died in a car crash)She is the survivor,not only of the accident,but of herself too.The film doesn't show us how her life was before the tragedy,but' Bleu' focuses on her personal journey to healing.

Julie seems stoic,she did not criy hysterically or stay in bed totally depressed,her grief is intimate and touching.In one scene when Julie is near the blue crystal mobile(which belonged to her daughter) just notice her reaction.Another poignant scene is when Julie is in that swimming pool,suddenly,she stops and she can hear her husband's symphony(all in her head).

Bleu also approaches a philosophical question-when you lose everything can you start all over again?,life is a series of events and choices,Julie moves to another place from the country to a city.She did not want to see her friends,she wants to be alone but is this possible?,her past will haunt her.

Another interesting aspect of this film is the use of music instead of dialogue,her silence is a reference of her terrible loss and pain,she is not depressed but sad. Also the meaning of the unfinished symphony of her husband is very profound (is connected with her grief and healing)

The photography of the film and the beautiful and delicate face of Binoche contribute to the impact of BLEU.

Kieslowski was one of the most talented directors, I really admired his 'Trois couleurs' trilogy but I think,'Bleu' was his most powerful film.


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Release Date:

8 September 1993


French, Romanian, Polish

Country of Origin

France, Poland, Switzerland

Filming Locations

Piscine Pontoise - 19 Rue de Pontoise, Paris 5, Paris, France

Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,413 5 December 1993

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:


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