In one brief moment, Julie's happy world is destroyed. Her young daughter Anna and her husband Patrice, a world-famous composer, have been killed in a car crash, while she herself has walked away with only minor injuries. She briefly contemplates suicide—but instead, in her anguish and guilt, cuts herself off from everyone and everything she has ever known to create for herself a kind of living death. She resumes her maiden name, moves to a new apartment without leaving a forwarding address and even turns much of her inheritance, including the rights to Patrice's music, over to his brother. But she finds she cannot so easily withdraw from the world, or from the "Concerto for Europe" that her husband left unfinished.
Polish auteur Krzysztof Kieslowski'a now-classic 1993 drama is the first of a trilogy named for the colors of the French flag—red, white and blue—to indicate the concepts represented by them: liberty, equality and fraternity. Blue deals with the idea of liberty, or perhaps the illusion of it, in an intimate manner, focusing on a riveting central performance by Juliette Binoche. As in his hauntingly beautiful The Double Life of Veronique (DFF14), Kieslowski once again makes music an integral part of his work, as his incomparable visuals literally turn into song and the gift of creation becomes a part of Julie's story.
Producer: Marin Karmitz | Editor: Jacques Witta | Cinematographer: Slawomir Idziak | Screenwriter: Krzysztof Kieslowski, Krzysztof Piesiewicz
Cast: Juliette Binoche, Benoît Régent, Florence Pernel, Charlotte Véry, Hélène Vincent
Additional Countries: Poland, Switzerland