10 May 2010

A redo of B for BLEU with Juliette Binoche

Today I've decided to present to you one of my favorite actresses Juliette Binoche.  She played in many movies such as Chocolat
and BleuBleu won 3 Golden Globes as well as many other awards. 

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!

One way to enjoy life is by joining Alphabe-Thursday's Alphabet Soup hosted by Jenny Matlock.  Want to stir the alphabet soup? Just click HERE!


  1. Interesting post, thanks for sharing!
    Happy Blue Monday..Luna

  2. Cool one...happy blue Monday.

  3. What an informative post! Thank you. Happy Blue Monday.

  4. I loved the movie Chocolat too! Thank you for this post, I had never heard of the movie Blue. I'll definitely want to check that out!

    Blessings to you!

  5. I'll have to check it out! Great post. Nice to meet you.

  6. I like your informative post! I love your Blog,thank you for your kind words on my Blog and now I will be a Follower of your interesting Blog. Have a great weekend in Toronto, and next week if all goes well we are heading out to Montreal, love Old Montreal......to see some relatives.

    Happy Blue Monday!

  7. Hello Anne-Marie, Thanks for stopping by and leading me to your delightful site. And Gratitude or A Grateful Heart is one of my favourite themes!
    Its great you have such fond memories of your time in Australia and I love your post and look forward to enjoying many more.
    Blessings - Jan

  8. Thank you for your kind comments on my blog. I will check out the movie==cool post. I am becoming a follower too.
    Have a wonderful Blue Monday.

  9. like the sound of Blue Monday :) nice to have found you...

  10. thanks for sharing! i have to check this out :)

    u may view mine here

  11. Thanks for visiting my blog. Have a great week!

  12. Chocolat is one of my favorite movies. And now you made me wanna check out Bleu. So, yeah, I will give it try!

    My mother is South African, Cape Town. But I like Joburgh more, travel there often. Cape Town is just too laid back for me, and the people are more than just a bit snotty. I love the fast pace of Johannesburg.
    But I agree with you on the crime situation and would never be able to live there. Business trips are enough for me!

    I love your blog,.. and if WOW can appreciate your blog, no biggie. I am not so sure about the whole WOW thing either,.. I am thinking it might border on a bit stuck up with all the blogging purity thing that some have going on. I am all for diversity, individuality,... conforming is just not my thing!

  13. That is interesting to watch. I will have to check it out.

    Thank you for your comment. I really appreciate it.

  14. I love the choices you made to share with us today. I hope you had a fabulous Blue Monday. I'm so glad you'll be visiting me more often. I'm thrilled you've become a follower. Blessings...Mary