- Language: French, Polish
- Subtitles: English
- Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
- Number of discs: 1
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B00008976X
WHITE is one in a trilogy of French films also comprising BLUE and RED.
As the film opens, Polish emigre Karol Karol (Zbigniew Zamachowski) arrives in a Parisian court for his divorce hearing. His wife, the ravishing Dominique (Julie Delpy), is giving him the toss because he no longer satisfies her sexually, although she admits he was hot stuff when they first met in Warsaw.
After the dissolution of the marriage is decreed, Dominique dumps Karol's possessions, all contained in a large trunk, into the car park and drives off. Karol soon discovers that she's also cut off his access to their joint bank account. Karol, now down and out and soliciting handouts in the Paris Metro, absorbs the abuse without any overt sign of anger, even after his ex figuratively pushes his nose into the fact that she's copulating with another man. Karol is the meekest and most inoffensive of men. Let's not mince words; he's a wimp.
With the help of another Pole, Mikolaj (Janusz Gajos), Karol returns to Warsaw by an unusual route. Once arrived, he literally ends up in a ditch. Rock bottom is a hard place.
Karol is an award-winning hairdresser, and he begins working in his brother's beauty shop. Through good luck and a series of shrewd moves unrelated to the hair trade, he becomes rich. And it's also clear that he remains obsessed with Dominique.
WHITE is somewhat less subtle than BLUE, and therefore demands less cerebral exercise on the part of the viewer; BLUE tries too hard to be obscure. Karol is an enormously endearing character, much like a puppy that's been kicked. And, though we don't know what his grand strategy is, we recognize that he has a plan that he's clearly implementing.Read more ›
As far as the story goes, the beginning is pretty intriguing. The true effects of a break up are certainly dramatized. Its quite poignant how the man's life took a nosedive upon his wife leaving him.
Nonetheless, our hero perserveres and many twists and turns later, he has his revenge but later develops mixed feelings regarding his actions. Why couldn't things have worked out?
There are some slow moments particularly in the middle of the film. Allegedly these scenes connect to the overall plot of our once fallen hero but its delivered in such a lethargic matter that you really lose interest in the film and just want it to get to the point and end. Nonetheless, the imagery is captivating enough to make the film somewhat enjoyable.