Three Colours: Blue (Trois couleurs: Bleu) made in 1993 is the first film in Krzysztof Kieślowski’s ‘Three Colours Trilogy’. The trilogy discusses the French Republic’s three themes of: liberty, equality and fraternity, with Blue focussing on liberty.
Theme: liberty. We follow Julie’s (Juliette Binoche) journey from emotional paralysis through stages of emotional liberty. After she fails to feel love with her smitten friend, tries to leave her past by destroying her deceased husband’s work, she forces herself to feel, something, by grazing her hand. Finally, some feeling. But as she finds emotional liberty it’s taken away leaving her no longer in control of her feelings. Her deceased husband was having an affair, known to everyone but her.
Interpretation: tragedy. Tragedy preconfigures and follows Julie’s journey. She apologies for failing to take her own life after her child’s life was cruelly taken away from her, then discovers her deceased husband would be expecting another child by his newly discovered mistress. Concurrently, her mother’s dementia is tragic, but we wonder in what proportion does Julie think this would be consolation and what proportion tragedy for her own situation.
Colour: blue. The film is beautifully photographed by Sławomir Idziak.
Linked: awareness. Each film in the trilogy is visited by an elderly person attempting to deposit a bottle into a recycling bin. We’re moved by and want to help this elderly person but have to wait for the end of the final film, Red, for Valentine to relieve us of this craving. These visits fit with each film’s themes: in Blue Julie is lost in her self, in White we see a precursor to Karol’s malevolence, and in Red we see Valentine’s deep sensitivity.
Reference: Three Colours: Blue – Wikipedia