Thursday, January 31, 2008

Three Colors: White

Director: Krzysztof Kieslowski
Lead Cast: Zbigniew Zamachowski as Karol Karol
Julie Delpy as Dominique
Language: Polish and French

There is something with Revenge sagas that we all love. When the protaganist finally has his retribution, he/ she and we (the audience) are left with a feeling of exhilaration. White differs a bit in that. I would like to elaborate on that, but then Chirag would kill me, plus there would be no major spoilers on this blog. This movie is a part of a trilogy, Three Colors: Red, White and Blue. As you might have guessed, they are the colors of the Flag of France. The films were funded by France and hence the titles. There will be minor spoilers ahead. Kieslowski plays with colors in his trilogy. White, as you might have again guessed, has a predominant white background. Snow, wedding gowns, doves, more snow, a particular shot at the end, etc....

The movie starts off with Dominique (Julie Delpy) and Karol (Zamachowski) in a court. Dominique has filed for divorce on very humiliating grounds. The marriage has not been consummated yet. When the judge asks Karol to state his opinions, a very popular hair dresser in Poland and who doesnt have a good diction in French, he falters. The judge hands out the divorce and suddenly, Karol is left with no money and a home in France. His wife has taken care of that.

He tries everything he can, including making love to his wife. But fails again. When Karol thinks that he has lost everything, a thin slice of luck smiles on him. He gets back to Poland with the help of a friend (I wont tell you how), and slips back to his old job again. But there is only one thought in his mind, Revenge. How he achieves this, I leave it to you people to watch the movie and see for yourself. Torrents should help you get the movie. But this revenge is bitter sweet for the protaganist.

No post of mine, which is on movies is complete without a mention about the heroine :) and then the hero. Julie Delpy (who comes in Before Sunrise) is the usual stereotype character who mocks her husband and takes everything away from him. But she is so beautiful that we forget all the other stuff and watch her wide eyed. Zbigniew Zamachowski on the other hand gets a role which requires him to display a wide range of emotions and he does that beautifully. Especially towards the end. The movie lags a bit in the middle, but then picks up towards the end. This movie is definitely a good watch with a good music score to boot.

My views on the other two films will be posted as soon as I finish those two movies.
PS: For people who want to watch the movie after seeing the erotic word in the poster.... you might be disappointed. :) Eroticism is subtle in the movie.