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Three Colors: White (1994)

Trois couleurs: Blanc (original title)
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After his wife divorces him, a Polish immigrant plots to get even with her.

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Krzysztof Kieslowski (scenario), Krzysztof Piesiewicz (scenario) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Zbigniew Zamachowski ... Karol Karol
Julie Delpy ... Dominique
Janusz Gajos ... Mikolaj
Jerzy Stuhr ... Jurek
Aleksander Bardini ... Le notaire (The Lawyer)
Grzegorz Warchol ... L'elégant (The Elegant Man)
Cezary Harasimowicz ... L'inspecteur (The Inspector)
Jerzy Nowak ... La vieux payson (The Old Farmer)
Jerzy Trela ... Monsieur Bronek
Cezary Pazura ... Le propriétaire du bureau de change (Bureau de Change Proprietor)
Michel Lisowski Michel Lisowski ... L'interprète (The Interpreter)
Philippe Morier-Genoud Philippe Morier-Genoud ... Le juge (The Judge) (as Philippe Morier Genoud)
Piotr Machalica ... L'homme de haute taille (The Tall Man)
Francis Coffinet ... L'employé de banque (The Bank Employee)
Barbara Dziekan Barbara Dziekan ... La caissière (The Cashier)
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Storyline

Karol (Polish) marries Dominique (French) and moves to Paris. The marriage breaks down and Dominique divorces Karol, forcing him into the life of a metro beggar and eventually back to Poland. However, he never forgets Dominique and while building a new life for himself in Warsaw he begins to plot. Written by Anonymous

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Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some sexuality and language | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

Switzerland | France | Poland

Language:

Polish | French | English

Release Date:

10 June 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Three Colors: White See more »

Filming Locations:

Paris, France See more »

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Gross USA:

$1,464,625
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Dolby SR

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Juliette Binoche, Florence Pernel: stars of Three Colors: Blue (1993), make appearances in this film. See more »

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After the court-room scene, Karol Karol is throwing up, but we can't hear a "vomit splash", and there isn't vomit in the closet. See more »

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[Expecting to find valuables, the luggage thieves open the suitcase containing Karol]
First Thief: Fuck! It's alive!
Second Thief: What the fuck?
Third Thief: Pull him out!
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To ostatnia niedziela
(This Last Sunday) (uncredited)
Music by Jerzy Petersburski and words by Zenon Frejdwald
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Good but pales compared to Blue
3 June 2004 | by MF210See all my reviews

My Rating: *** out of ****.

White is the second film in Krzysztof's Kieslowski's Color Trilogy(The first is Blue; The third is Red). I have seen Blue and White, hopefully going to rent Red soon. Blue was a brilliant masterpiece about dealing with a loss in a woman's life. Unfortunately, White cannot be called Blue's equal. It lacks the punch of Blue and there are several possible reasons why.

First off, White has a much lighter tone than Blue. Blue had a somber mood to it, White has nothing of the sort. I guess you could call White the more enjoyable film but I did not find it anywhere near as absorbing as Blue.

Another flaw is the characters just aren't as interesting as Julie was from Blue. Maybe Kieslowski just has a way with Women that they command my attention better than the leading man does. In fact, I actually wanted the woman in the story to become the main character.

I am probably being too negative on the film, let me state that I think White is a good film. It's entertaining and will hold your attention through. It is also a very well-acted film.

The acting is definitely solid. His character may not be as interesting as Julie in Blue, but Zbigniew Zamachowski is quite good here. He's able to make his character likable and gets us on his side.

As good as Zamachowski is, it is Delpy who is the standout. Her performance is highly effective for having limited screentime. It makes me wonder that White would probably be better with her as the main character.

Like Blue, White has some breathtaking cinematography. The snowscapes in Poland are absolutely magnificent looking. The score is very impressive and supports the visuals well.

Overall, White is a well-made film that is definitely worth watching. The problem is that after Blue I was expecting a masterpiece. It is my problem. I do recommend White and acknowledge that it is a good film.


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