Krzysztof Kieslowski’s trilogy on Liberty, Equality and Fraternity, representing the three colours of the French flag, is now available for the first time on Blu Ray. The polish director released the three films during the 1990s and along with The Decalogue and The Double Life of Véronique, are the works for which he is best known. To celebrate the re-release on Blu Ray we are giving away the complete trilogy to one lucky reader.
Blue is the most sombre of the three and is a movie dominated by grief. The film opens with a car accident that claims the life of a well-known composer and leaves behind his wife (Juliette Binoche). She starts an entirely new existence and moves to Paris where she dissapears into a wordless life virtually without other people. The colour blue appears as Kieslowski focuses on Binoche’s luminous face and the way her subtle shifts in emotion flicker and vanish. Carrying the film, the actor produces a captivating and hearbreaking performance, for which she won the best actress prize at the Venice Film Festival in 1993.
White focuses upon down-and-out Polish immigrant Karol Karol (Zbigniew Zamachowski) in his desperation to get out of France. Obsessed with his soon-to-be-ex-wife, his French bank account is frozen, and he’s fed up with the inequality of the situation. In his suffering he convinces a fellow Pole to smuggle him home in a suitcase, which unfortunately gets stolen from the airport. The unhappy thieves beat him and dump him in a snowy rock pit. Although slightly morbid in subject matter, the film is funny and stands as a piece of anti-romance.
Red benefits from the viewer having seen the first two films. However, it is still a powerful and individual piece that considers the modern world and the constant imagery found within it. Irène Jacob plays a model who strikes up a relationship with an embittered former judge (Jean-Louis Trintignant), who secretly scans his neighbours’ conversations through electronic surveillance. At the end of the third, Kieslowski unites the trilogy with a device that brings together the thematic strands of all three films.
To win the Blu Ray trilogy email email@example.com with the answer to the following:
Q. The colours blue, white and red are meant to represent which European flag?
1. Blue, image courtesy of Artificial Eye.