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.