Cel­e­brat­ing the Tri­col­ore

Provincial Living - - Entertainment -

In the 90’s, a Pol­ish film­maker made a three-part trib­ute to the French na­tional flag: Three Colours. Kieślowski’s three films about lib­erté (Blue, 1993), égal­ité (White, 1994) and fra­ter­nité (Red, 1994) are now French clas­sics.

Juli­ette Binoche’s por­trayal of a woman at­tempt­ing to lib­er­ate her­self from her emo­tions in Blue was a tri­umph. The in­trigu­ingly black com­edy of White left view­ers slightly be­wil­dered. Red, how­ever, won the hearts and minds of au­di­ences and crit­ics alike. An emo­tion­ally ten­der and deeply sym­bolic film, this ex­plo­ration of the trans­for­ma­tive power of friend­ship re­mains the best-loved of the tril­ogy.

Three Colours: Red (1994)

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