Thursday, May 10, 2007

Trois Couleurs


Trois Couleurs ("Three Colors") is a trilogy of three french movies: Bleu ("Blue"), Blanc("White") and Rouge("Red"). After searching for a long time and more than an year since watching the preceeding version , I was finally able to watch the final part of this trilogy: Rouge. The movie certainly was worth the hunt.


Each of the three movies center around a color (the three colors of the French flag incidentally). They are losely based on the political motto of liberty, equality and fraternity respectively- though I think that is more of an explanation of the theme and way to define the trilogy rather than the actual essence of the movies.

The three stories are disconnected and therefore can be watched in any sequence. The first one depicts a woman trying to deal with the death of her husband and child and learning to live by herself and become free. The second is a story of revenge from a man who has been abandoned by his lover/wife. In the third, a retired judge spies on his neighbours by tuning in to their calls, and sees a parallel of his own life in one of the young men he is spying on.

Each of the movie is brilliant, artistic and almost poetic. They mostly seem to be like the reading of a book rather than watching of a movie, enhanced strongly by the persistent use of colours. There is very little dialogue/interaction, which is useful as it leaves very little to be lost in translation. However in all stories, you can't help feeling a strong, pressing sense of loneliness -which almost appears to be a curse of individuality.

My personal favorite amongst the three: Blanc - perhaps that's owed to its interesting plot, and a more identifiable and formed ending.

2 comments:

Reel Fanatic said...

I too adore these three movies, and have to agree with you that White was the stronges of the trio, both for the reasons you mentioned and because Julie Delpy is just such as impossibly beautiful a woman as she is a great actress

Madhuri said...

I personally found all the three women in the trilogy very pretty and arresting - but in Blanc it was the performance of Karol Karol (who happens to have an unpronouncable name in real life) that superceded that of Julie.