An emotional and visually virtuosic first part of director Krzysztof Kieslowski’s trilogy based on the French tricolor, or the concepts of freedom, equality and fraternity.
The first color, blue, refers to freedom. This is what Julie (Binoche) must find when her husband and child are killed in a car accident and she cannot extricate herself from her grief. The short series, later joined by Blanc and Rouge, would mark Kieslowski’s testament. After its completion, he had already announced he would stop filming because he had “run out,” dying in the spring of 1996, the Pole who has been called Europe’s most original contemporary filmmaker.