Trois couleurs tril­o­gy

Thursday, 10 April 2003

Krzysztof Kieslowski’s Trois couleurs tril­o­gy is quite a master’s piece. Beginning with Bleu through Blanc and on to Rouge all three films deal with man­i­fes­ta­tions of love: quite poignant, and some­times whim­si­cal but al­ways com­pli­cat­ed. The di­rec­tion is smooth but firm and for those ini­ti­at­ed in­to the films, on a sec­ond view­ing, the hand of Kieslowski — masked be­fore — be­comes quite ap­par­ent. Inside jokes abound but serve to height­en the mean­ing in­stead of dis­miss­ing it. re­demp­tion is need­ed through­out by all the ac­tors and is fi­nal­ly ob­tained in Rouge. Liberty, Equality, Fraternity — Blue, White, Red — the art di­rec­tion (es­pe­cial­ly in Rouge) calls con­stant at­ten­tion to the ti­tle, and lends to view­er to ap­pre­ci­ate the col­ors in all of their beau­ty. Shot se­lec­tion is on a high scale that Hollywood of­ten dis­miss­es for mere seam­less­ness — but al­lows art cineast­es to tru­ly rev­el in the vi­su­al plea­sure cin­e­ma is meant for. Damn good movies.