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Three Colors: White (1994)Three Colors: White (1994)

Three Colors: White (1994)

Before there was Gone Girl, there was another spiteful spouse seeking revenge

Comedy, Drama, Mystery

8.0

movie

France, Poland

French, Hungarian, Polish

Discussion-sparking, Smart

1994

Krzysztof Kieślowski

Aleksander Bardini, Andrzej Precigs, Barbara Dziekan

92 min

Synopsis

Polish immigrant Karol Karol finds himself out of a marriage, a job and a country when his French wife, Dominique, divorces him after six months due to his impotence. Forced to leave France after losing the business they jointly owned, Karol enlists fellow Polish expatriate Mikolah to smuggle him back to their homeland.

Our Take

8.0
Taylor Leigh Harper

Krzysztof Kieślowski’s trilogy reflects both the colors and the values of the French republic: liberté, égalité, fraternité. In Trois couleurs : Blanc (Three Colors: White), Kieślowski explores not only the theme of equality, but also the ramifications of defining and “achieving” equality as a European ideal.

After failing to consummate their marriage, Dominique (the ever-bewitching Julie Delpy) divorces Karol (Zbigniew Zamachowski), leaving him broke and humiliated. Karol plots to exact revenge on his ex-wife, becoming richer and cruller in the process. 

Although this is often regarded as the weakest of the trilogy, White is worth a watch not just for completionists. Kieślowski interrogates what it means to be equal in sex and socioeconomic class—and if when we strive to move upward in society, whether we are really debasing our basic humanity and humility.

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