- Language: French, English
- Subtitles: English
- Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
- Number of discs: 3
- Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B000083C5F
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #129,805 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
It was the first of the trilogy to be released, and I think the strongest of the trilogy, as well as the most rewarding to see by itself.
Juliette Binoche is nothing short of a revelation here. Her performance is so emotionally naked and raw, it is almost hard to watch. Her study of a woman consumed with the loss of her husband and only child is devastating. Binoche is one of those actors that can convey more emotion in a look or an expression than most can with an epic monologue. In fact, what I took away from the film initially is how much was unleashed without really saying much of anything. She is perfect for this role, and it is arguably the best performance of her career thus far, and one in which she won a Cesar award for Best Actress.
The style of the film is totally unique. There are breathtaking moments of genius spread throughout the film. The camera is such a languid yet probing force in Blue, showing you things that are out of view and lending fascinating perspective to the characters. There is a shot I recall in a hospital, when the camera has a tight shot on an eye, only to reveal a doctor looking down to the patient. It is remarkable that these elements do not feel gimmicky at all. They simply become part of the language of the story. The cinematography is just gorgeous. The colors and the use of focus add tension and depth to the visual space, leaving some images behind that are both abstract and precise.
I remember feeling really out of touch when I left the theatre after seeing Blue. It is so cliche, but I really felt like I had been dreaming. The images that I recalled reminded me of the kinds you recall when you wake up from a dream.Read more ›
To give this trilogy 5 stars hardly begins to express the way I feel about this trilogy. Read more