Today I've decided to present to you one of my favorite actresses Juliette Binoche. She played in many movies such as Chocolat
Blue is the story of Julie who loses her husband, an acclaimed European composer and her young daughter in a car accident. The film's theme of liberty is manifested in Julie's attempt to start life anew free of personal commitments, belongings grief and love. She intends to spiritually commit suicide by withdrawing from the world and live completely independently, anonymously and in solitude in the Parisian metropolis. Despite her intentions, people from her former and present life intrude with their own needs. However, the reality created by the people who need and care about her, a surprising discovery and the music around which the film revolves heals Julie and irresistibly draws her back to the land of the living.
Another interesting aspect of this film is the use of music instead of dialogue, her silence is a reference of her terrible loss and pain. The photography of the film and the beautiful and delicate face of Binoche contribute to the impact of BLEU.
Throughout the film blue is used extensively, there is a trace of it in practically every shot of the film, everything from people's clothes, the color of ink, the paint on walls and arches, the tint of the street and the water, etc. The blue is used "to create moods of melancholy and coldness, and to draw attention to the resonant emotional associations conjured up by objects and places in Julie's mind." The coloring perfectly reflects the mood of the film; it presents a very dismal and hopeless atmosphere full of solitude and melancholy, giving the viewer a visual insight into Julie's mind.
Siskel and Ebert loved it! (the quality of this video is not the best)
Here is the beginning of the movie. You will see an element of BLUE introduced in each scene:
It does have a happy ending. This movie is part of a Trilogy: Blue, White and Red (the colors of the flag of France). Blue stands for liberty, white for equality and red for fraternity. The theme of the movie BLUE is liberty and it is manifested by Julie's attempt to start life anew, free of personal commitments, belongings, grief and love. The character of Julie begs for self tolerance in the face of many enormous swings of faith that life can present. The message is that life is precarious, enjoy what you can, when you can!
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