Wesley R. Ball’s review published on Letterboxd:
Blue is loss.
Blue is regret.
Blue is a great pain
You try to forget.
Blue signifies grief,
Of the greatest travail.
Blue shows your sorrow,
When at concealing, you fail.
Krzysztof Kieślowski's Three Colors trilogy is probably my personal favorite and one of the most consistently perfect trilogies ever created. The amount of painstaking effort and detail that he put into these three films is at the very least commendable, and at best masterful. The cinematography ensures that there is a constant blue aura surrounding each and every scene, personifying the emotional journey that Julie (Juliette Binoche) experiences throughout the film. Even the costumes and set designs always bear a touch of blue in their presentation, making me marvel at the amount of incredible thought that Kieślowski put into his masterful swan song trilogy.
Blue is a musical journey as well, chronicling the fate of the last piece of music that Julie's husband was commissioned to write just before he died. Julie views this music as a final piece of her husband that won't go away, and she is determined to ensure that it is never completed, as she sees that no one is truly worthy of completing his work. In reality, this stubborn attitude was a byproduct of the great depression that overcomes Julie following her loss. The grief of her husband's death is to much to bear, causing her to refuse any and all possibilities of someone else completing something that was meant for him in the first place. She can't seem to come to terms with who her husband really was, and just how important he was to society at the time. Blue is a triumphant tale of letting go of the past, and embracing the future.
Juliette Binoche gives an outstanding performance, completely embracing the grief and loss that her character is put through. Her transparent acting capabilities makes Julie feel more real and alive than ever before- her pain and suffering so clearly shown through her own eyes. This isn't Juliette Binoche we're watching, it's a tragic widow finding the difficulty of acceptance and moving on. The realistic atmosphere that Kieślowski manages to give his film is astounding, making me believe that he was more than likely one of the greatest directors of the twentieth century.
Three Colors: Blue is just the start of one of the most emotionally captivating and spellbinding trilogies ever created. The powerful orchestral score elevates an emotional powerhouse atmosphere that could not have been achieved otherwise. The cohesion between the story and production is such perfection like I have never experienced before. Kieślowski set out to achieve greatness in his final masterworks, and Blue is an excellent and clear indication of things to come.