Trois couleurs: Bleu

Three Colors: Blue | Drei Farben: Blau
Julie is 33 when her husband, a well-known composer, and her daughter die in a car accident. In silent mourning, she leaves everything behind, puts the family home up for sale, and moves into an attic apartment in Paris. She only very gradually starts to live again, with her ability to take on responsibility growing – for a depressed neighbour who is an exotic dancer, for her husband’s work, which she attempts to complete jointly with his former collaborator. And, finally, for the unborn son of the dead man, whom she only finds out about when she is confronted with her husband’s pregnant mistress … This is the first in Kieślowski’s Colors trilogy about the famed values of the French Revolution. In the film, “liberty” is framed as emotional freedom, with Julie coming to understand that withdrawal is not a practical strategy for life, but a (childish) escape mechanism. Juliette Binoche won Best Actress at the 1993 Venice Film Festival for her portrayal of a wounded woman who makes the emotional journey from “freedom from” to “freedom to”.
by Krzysztof Kieślowski
with Juliette Binoche, Benoît Régent, Florence Pernel, Charlotte Véry, Emmanuelle Riva, Hélène Vincent, Philippe Volter, Yann Trégouët, Claude Duneton, Julie Delpy
France / Poland / Switzerland 1993 French 98’ Colour DCP: mk2 films, Paris Rating R12

For the 2023 Retrospective, internationally renowned directors, actors, and screenwriters were asked to select their personal coming-of-age favourites.
Juliette Binoche on her selection


  • Juliette Binoche
  • Benoît Régent
  • Florence Pernel
  • Charlotte Véry
  • Emmanuelle Riva
  • Hélène Vincent
  • Philippe Volter
  • Yann Trégouët
  • Claude Duneton
  • Julie Delpy


Director Krzysztof Kieślowski
Screenplay Krzysztof Piesiewicz, Krzysztof Kieślowski
Co-Written by Agnieszka Holland, Edward Żebrowski, Sławomir Idziak
Cinematography Sławomir Idziak
Editing Jacques Witta
Music Zbigniew Preisner
Sound Jean-Claude Laureux
Art Director Claude Lenoir
Costumes Virginie Viard
Producer Marin Karmitz

Produced by

MK2 Productions

CED Productions

France 3 Cinéma

Studio Filmowe


CAB Productions

Additional information

DCP: mk2 films, Paris