Blue, White, and Red: The Three Colours Trilogy
Screening Dates
  • July 21 (Thursday) 8:35
  • July 23 (Saturday) 8:35
  • July 24 (Sunday) 6:30
  • July 29 (Friday) 8:35
New Restoration

Involving, bittersweet, and droll … [White] retains Kieślowski’s eerie gift for spinning mystical narrative gold from the simplest of ingredients.”

Lisa Nesselson, Variety

The second film in Kieślowski’s Three Colours Trilogy,” the entertaining White is a black comedy based on the tricolour tenet of egalité. Polish actor Zbigniew Zamachowski gives a wonderfully Chaplinesque performance as Karol, a bumbling hairdresser left penniless on the streets of Paris after he is divorced by his beautiful French wife (Julie Delpy). Kieślowski’s unpredictable rags-to-riches tale has Karol returning, in rather ignominious fashion, to his native Poland, where an unexpected adeptness at the prevailing cutthroat capitalism leads to a fantastic scheme to get his ex-wife’s attention. A droll black comedy that takes a scalpel to the impoverished ethics of the new money-obsessed Poland … It’s often cruel, of course, and cool as an ice-pick, but it’s still endowed with enough unsentimental humanity to end with a touching, lyrical admission of the power of love. Essential viewing” (Geoff Andrew, Time Out). In Polish and French with English subtitles.

A continuing testament to the Polish director’s poetic mastery. Like all of Kieslowski’s works, White articulates a whole language of sensations, images, ironies, and mystery.”

Desson Thomson, Washington Post

The most playful and also the grittiest of Kieślowski’s Three Colors’ films … [White] manages to be both a ticklish dark comedy about the economic inequalities of Eastern and Western Europe and a sublime reverie about twisted love.”

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