Country: France, Poland, Switzerland
Director: Krzysztof Kieślowski,
Stars: Juliette Binoche, Benoit Regent, Florence Pernel, Julie Delpy, Zbigniew Zamachowski, Janusz Gajos, Jerzy Stuhr, Irene Jacob, Jean-Louis Trintignant, Jean-Pierre Lorit, Frederique Feder

Great movies rarely come in threes. (You’ve seen The Godfather: Part III, right?) But Krzysztof Kieślowski’s Red, White, and Blue are not your typical trilogy. Named for each color on the French flag, each entry in the trio of films dissects an ideal of the French motto: Liberté, égalité, fraternité (in other words: liberty, equality and brotherhood).

Blue, the first in the series, takes on liberty, as a woman (Juliette Binoche) must learn how to reconnect with people following the death of her husband and child in a car accident. In White, a man (Zbigniew Zamachowski) uses revenge to gain everything he lost when his wife (Julie Delpy) divorced him. In Red, a model (Irène Jacob) and a former judge (Jean-Louis Trintignant) with a penchant for spying on his neighbors strike up an odd relationship based on a difference of opinion in matters of privacy. Viewed separately, each film is a quality piece of cinema. Together, they paint a portrait—at once comical, heartbreaking and thought-provoking—about the ties that bind us as individuals and a society. —JW

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