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4.0 out of 5 stars Mouse's revenge May 15 2003
Mouse's revenge
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I'm a tough film sell but this was sensational July 2 2001
By Omni
I'm not an easy consumer of films---I've never seen E.T., nor Jaws nor Jurassic Park, nor most of the Indiana Jones films, my interests are most esoteric, creative. I slept thru the day and subsequently wa sup teh night with nothing to do so I dug out my video tapes that I hadn't seen yet. First Blue and then White. White is amazing. Little Karol is heartbreaking adorable and ... and as he progresses through the film becomes almost dynamic, ..., charismatic with the power he soon weilds. He's a simple man, simply in love with a woman who may or not have married him to bilk him---I wa snever quite clear if she saw an opportunity with this renowned Polish hairdresser or if he truly failed her in the marriage. She makes much of his impotence but it seems to stem from his worship and adore for her that he doesn't want to sully her with carnmal passions. Unfortunately she's a carnal woman. Finally Karol gets himself sent back to Poland in a suitcase (hilarious by itself) and goes to work for the quasi-Polish mob and eventually tricks them. What I appreciated most about this film was that Karol is not a dumb man, nor is he a loser, he's simply a man too far in love with someone who doesn't appreciate the depth of that love. Yet what make sthe film a masterstroke is the otherside that love comes out to---there is indeed a thin line between love and hate. The way the plot itself meanders, self aware of it's destination with only vague hints as to its' intentions also make this a triumph. Karol's love-revenge at the end is so subtle, so devilishly simple and yet a true, true comeuppance to this woman that it realizes itself as giving her what she wants, what she needs and then makes her ask for what he wants. Read more ›
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3.0 out of 5 stars LETDOWN BUT STILL LOVELY Feb. 22 2001
By EriKa
After Bleu, which is the first installment of Kieslowski's Bleu, Blanc, Rouge loosely connected trilogy, I expected something better than White. I guess I just should not get my hopes up! First of all Julie Delpy is one of the two stars of this film which naturally creates a need for me not to like it. And she did not disappoint. Her cruel character is horrible in this film, which was of course deliberate, but somehow I just did not like her in the role even if she was effective. She divorces her Polish hairdresser husband, played very convincingly by Zbigniew Zamachowski, because he is supposedly impotent. She also drives him out of France and taunts him with her other sexual exploits. He eventually returns to his native Poland after he has by chance met another fellow Polish national who offers him a job. All he has to do is kill a man who is too weak to commit suicide and he will receive a large sum of money. In the meantime, Zamachowski works during his days and eventually steals some business plans from someone and becomes a very wealthy man. He and the Polish man he met before leaving France are in business together. Then the day comes that the man tells Zamachowski that the man wants to die. When Z. arrives to do the deed he discovers that the man wanting to commit suicide is one and the same man as his business partner and friend. He agrees to shoot him, but he shoots him with a blank in case the man changes his mind. In the end, Zamachowski decides to stage his own death and leave all the money to his former wife. Delpy arrives for the mock funeral and then Zamachowski meets her in her hotel room, has sex with her and leaves her in the morning. The police arrive the following morning and arrest her for his murder. Perfect revenge, but overall it seemed a bit... petty. However, do buy the soundtrack to this film.
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5.0 out of 5 stars my opinion
I don't like this director very much, including 4 movies and maybe 5 shorts films i ever saw. He has not poor but no taste...or maybe horrible, horrible taste. Read more
Published on March 26 2003 by lisa
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Imagery, Some Slow Moments
An intriguing story about divorce and revenge. Several interesting twists and turns in the story. The bleak white scenery fits the film to a tee. Read more
Published on Nov. 5 2002 by G. J Wiener
4.0 out of 5 stars Clever
Some of this is not done in a very convincing manner, and there's enough hokum to please a sit-com producer, but in the area of tricky plot twists and original story ideas this... Read more
Published on Sept. 20 2000 by Dennis Littrell
5.0 out of 5 stars First Among Equals
In downtown Warsaw, where so much of "White" is set, there was an electric sign celebrating Poland's recent release from the Iron Curtain of communism by praising Bill... Read more
Published on July 27 2000 by The Loved One
5.0 out of 5 stars Subtley Brilliant
I'm usually not too much into foreign films. I decided to watch this one since one of my favorite actresses, Julie Delpy (who enraptured me in "Before Sunrise") was in... Read more
Published on July 10 2000 by Victor Chen
5.0 out of 5 stars Fade to Dream
Excellent! This film begins with harsh reality, progresses to a harsher reality, and then devolves into surrealism. Read more
Published on April 30 2000
3.0 out of 5 stars .
A very interesting and rather strange film that suffers greatly from a confusing, silly ending. I feel I gained something from the movie, it has some fascinating characters and... Read more
Published on Oct. 24 1999 by 777
5.0 out of 5 stars a really good movie that i ever seen
personally, i think "white" was better than "red" that i hardly understand all. the story is great and look real, even that likes impossible. Read more
Published on Oct. 20 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars a really good movie that i ever seen
personally, i think "white" was better than "red" that i hardly understand all. the story is great and look real, even that likes impossible. Read more
Published on Oct. 20 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful film on love, revenge and love agian.
This film is a romp compared to Blue and Red. It's filled with slapstick, desperation, tenderness and friendship. Read more
Published on June 10 1999
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