is the second of witty Polish director Krzysztof Kieslowki's "three colors" trilogy Blue
, and Red
--the three colors of the French flag, symbolizing liberty, equality, and fraternity. White
is an ironic comedy brimming over with the hard laughs of despair, ecstasy, ambition, and longing played in a minor key.
Down-and-out Polish immigrant Karol Karol is desperate to get out of France. He's obsessed with his French soon-to-be ex-wife (Before Sunrise's Julie Delpy), his French bank account is frozen, and he's fed up with the inequality of it all. Penniless, he convinces a fellow Pole to smuggle him home in a suitcase--which then gets stolen from the airport. The unhappy thieves beat him and dump him in a snowy rock pit. Things can only get better, right? The story evolves into a wickedly funny antiromance, an inverse Romeo and Juliet. Because it's in two foreign languages, the dialogue can be occasionally hard to follow, but some of the most genuinely funny and touching moments need no verbal explanation. --Grant Balfour
Bonus Features: Commentary by Anne Insdorf, A Look at "Blanc" , A Discussion on Kieslowski's later years , Conversations with Julie Delpy on Kieslowski , Marin Karmintz Interview , Julie Delpy selected scene commentary /interview, Behind the scenes of "White" with Krzysztof Kieslowski , Keiwslowski filmography.