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Three Colours: White

July 2, 2015

Three Colours: White (1994)
Director: Krzysztof Kieslowski
Actors: Zbigniew Zamachowski, Julie Delpy, Janusz Gajos

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Synopsis: A Polish man, Karol (Zbigniew Zamachowski), recently married to French woman, Dominique (Julie Delpy), rapidly finds himself ‘disenfranchised’ in Paris when Dominique divorces him, he loses his passport and belongings, and is even locked out of their home. Somehow manufacturing a return to Poland, Karol sets about rebuilding his life and status, as a means to just possibly reconnecting with Dominique….

Review: Though unquestionably well made, with a clever and very concentric vein of humour and storytelling verve sustained throughout (it’s essentially a very classical ‘Comedy of Manners’), White is where Kieslowski’s Three Colours trilogy felt at its most conceptual and ‘forced’ – in essence, having to contrive a narrative out of the colour white and the idea of ‘equality’. Don’t get me wrong – with that tough remit, Kieslowski undoubtedly succeeded and in a sense deserves credit for making something so tonally opposite from Blue, but after that film’s near perfection, this can’t help but feel ever-so-slightly disposable and insubstantial in comparison…(July 2015)

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