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Synopsis The film shows how a desperate woman recovers from a tragic loss and finds renewed value and joy in life through creative work and love. Music plays an important role in the film. First film of a trilogy, Blue (liberty), White (equality), Red (fraternity). The color blue dominates the film.
Background Information Interview with K. Kieslowski

Comments by Juliette Binoche on the making of the film

Director Krzysztof Kieslowski
Screenwriter Krzysztof Kieslowski
Music Zbigniew Preisner
Music plays an essential role in this movie. It is so special that people thought they heard an authentic Baroque piece.
Main Actors Juliette Binoche (Julie), Benoit Regent (Olivier), Florence Pernel (Sandrine)
Year 1993
Awards Golden Lion for Best Film at the Venice Film Festival
Juliette Binoche, Best Actress at the Venice Film Festival
Juliette Binoche, Cesar for Best Actress
CÚsar for Best Musical Score 
Length 100 min
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"Blue" is the showcase piece for artistic direction, "White" the starkly contrasting but highly articulate portrait, and "Red" the graceful and warmest of the three films.
Discussion 1. Enumerate as many blue elements as possible
2. Enumerate as many examples and symbols of 'freedom' as possible. 
3. Explain the path from despair to return of love of life. What are the specific elements on that path which are shown in the movie?
4. Find synomyms for 'liberty' or 'freedom' as illustrated in the movie. (independence? openness towards love? openness to others? egotism?)

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