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Friday December 1st 2023

Trois Couleurs: Bleu (Three Colours: Blue) | 1993

The first of Krzysztof Kieslowski’s trilogy based on the colours of the French flag, symbolising Liberty (Blue), Equality (White) and Fraternity (Red), is set in Paris.

Julie (Juliette Binoche) gains a kind of empty freedom, trying to bury her past existence after the loss of her composer husband and her daughter in a car crash. She begins a new life in an apartment off rue Mouffetard in the bustling 5th arrondissement.

A frantic phone call from her neighbour Lucille takes her to a sex club in the neon-lit neighbourhood of Pigalle.

Julie visits the copyist to find out about her late husband’s mistress, at rue Schubert, and confronts Olivier (Benoît Régent) about finishing his score beneath the famous double-decked Pont Bir Hakeim in Passy, seen also in Bernardo Bertolucci’s Last Tango In Paris and Christopher Nolan's Inception.

The law court, where Julie goes to meet her husband’s mistress, is the Palais de Justice, 10 Boulevard du Palais on the Île de la Cité, seen in Trois Couleurs: Blanc / Trzy Kolory: Bialy, which overlaps with this film here.