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Trois couleurs : Blanc

(The Three Colours Trilogy: White)

Must-See Cinema! The second film in Krzysztof Kieslowski beloved trilogy!

Karol, who is Polish, marries Frenchwoman Dominique and moves to Paris. The marriage breaks down and Dominique divorces Karol, forcing him into the life of a metro beggar and eventually back to Poland. However, he never forgets Dominique and while building a new life for himself in Warsaw he begins to plot.


The Three Colours trilogy Blue (1993), White (1994) and Red (1994), notionally colour-schemed in the manner of the French flag, is structured around the classic themes of the French republic: liberty, equality and brotherhood.

However, the real themes of the trilogy are more disparate, more chaotic, less high-minded, and far more interesting: the unending torture of love, the inevitability of deceit, the fascination of voyeurism and the awful potency of men’s fear and loathing of women. To throw everything away, including one’s very identity, and start over is another powerful, recurrent motif.

Poster for the Kieslowski drama Trois Couleurs: BlancThe Three Colours trilogy is like a gigantic, puzzling three-part installation, resplendent with its own self-confident strangeness and beauty. To watch just one film deprives you of the flavour.

– Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian


Derrière la trilogie Trois couleurs de Kieslowski, il y a une idée simple : réaliser un film pour chaque couleur-symbole du drapeau français. Liberté, égalité, fraternité. Il ne s’agit pas d’illustrer platement chaque concept, mais d’en extraire l’essence. Les films fonctionnent séparément, et il n’est pas nécessaire de les voir ensemble. Toutefois, Kieslowski s’est amusé à mettre en place un complexe jeu de résonances entre chaque film. C’est pourquoi nous conseillerons de les voir les trois à la suite : l’expérience n’en est que plus convaincante.

– Julien Elalouf, À Voir, à lire

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