Krzysztof Kieslowski have enhanced the thought provoking quality of cinema with ‘The Three Colors: Blue, White and Red‘ in the most artistic way than any directors ever. In this trilogy all the three movies communicates more through the setting than through the plot. We are actually almost blind most of the time regarding how much effect our immediate surroundings can have on us. It is here where Kieslowski strikes us with the visionary excellence of his films and we are introduced to the often ignored silence of our environment through his poetic eyes. He brings out the three colors alive as if these colors are narrating the story of the central character’s mind through their silent yet symbolic workings.
‘Blue’ deals with the sudden mental trauma the protagonist has to pass through after the loss of her husband and five year old daughter in a car accident.The ever encompassing misty blue environment in the film consistently mirrors the coldness of Julie’s devastated mind.
In ‘White’ Kieslowski explores the theme of death and life, which is best brought out through the color white . The setting of the plot is the winter of Poland amidst the snow clapped hills.The passion between Karol and Dominique has died and hence Dominique claimed and got divorce. She deserted Karol in every way possible. Karol comes across and befriends one Micolaj who later hires the former to kill him in exchange of good remuneration. Karol first shots a teargas at him and thus wants to be re-assured by Micolaj if he still really wishes to die for the other revolver he had was real and loaded. Micolaj nodded saying that he cannot go all over again. Then there is also the episode of Karol’s ‘fake’ death and funeral. Following which he buries his unfortunate past life and the film ends with a ray of new dreams and hopes for both Karol and Dominique as she speaks with him through the jail window in sign language that they would both live together after a re-engagement.
In ‘Red’, the director juxtaposes the youth and vitality of spring through the artful use of the color red with the dry brown leaves of fall. The plot moves as an old man tells the story of his life to Valentine exactly as that of a man on the brim of his youth whose life is shown to be destined to the same fate that befell the former one. It shows how intricately human life is connected with nature as the metaphor which is shown here shows how fall follows spring, even in individual lives.