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Three Colours: White [DVD] [1994]

Zbigniew Zamachowski , Julie Delpy , Krzysztof Kieslowski    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Zbigniew Zamachowski, Julie Delpy, Janusz Gajos, Jerzy Stuhr, Aleksander Bardini
  • Directors: Krzysztof Kieslowski
  • Writers: Krzysztof Kieslowski, Agnieszka Holland, Edward Klosinski, Edward Zebrowski, Krzysztof Piesiewicz
  • Producers: Marin Karmitz
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: French, Polish
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Artificial Eye
  • DVD Release Date: 29 Oct 2001
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005QG0J
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 42,208 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



White is the second of witty Polish director Krzysztof Kieslowki's "three colours" trilogy Blue, White, and Red--the three colours of the French flag, symbolising 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 anti-romance, 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

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Three Colors: White

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars "Home at last!" 30 Dec 2003
Krzysztof Kieslowski's second entry in his "Three Colors" trilogy is filled with less dread than its predecessor "Blue," but that is not to say that "White" is a totally whimsical film. "White" is actually a revenge-tale that has an underlying mean streak in addition to its more comical elements. It is a film that revels in the idea that a man scorned can be just as dangerous as a woman scorned.
"White" traces the journey of Karol (Zbigniew Zamachowski), a hairdresser from Poland. Karol is a simple man who has become despondent over his upcoming divorce in France. Unable to reconcile with his former wife, Dominique (Julie Delpy), Karol returns home curled up in a suitcase and sets into motion a series of events that culminates with him becoming a successful businessman. He uses his newfound wealth and power to reignite Dominique's interest in him, but when she arrives in Poland, Karol exacts his revenge when she unwittingly falls into his trap.
Zamachowski's performance in "White" is a treasure. His Karol is a lovable character whose darkness comes as a bit of a shock when it emerges because of the disarming effect of his more charming side. Yet, this does not mean Karol is sinister. Calling him complicated would be more accurate as the film makes clear that he has mixed feelings over his actions. While he wants to get even with Dominique, he is still deeply in love with her as she continuously fills his thoughts long after they are separated. Such a complicated characterization is a welcome sight amongst the one-dimensional stock figures that inhabit many current films. "White" doesn't have the dramatic impact of "Blue" but is still a worthy continuation of the "Three Colors" trilogy. If anything, it will make you realize that not all people that project a jovial exterior are truly completely jovial inside.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars black black humour 26 April 2000
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for a film named "white" the humour is very dark indeed. this film is an ideal riposte to blue, and whilst the majority of the film is slightly comic in nature there is a heart-rending twist at the ending. the characters are wonderfully constructed and you can understand why karol loves the cruel but beautiful dominque. the theme of inequality is dealt with skillfully, and you are left considering the merits of seeking revenge for a love taken away.
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Blue was the first... It was bleak, it was moody, and held a lot of weighty issues dealing with loss, grief and personal liberation. Red was the final... It was rich in colour, deep with emotion and, had a multi-layered plot that drew comparisons with Kieslowski's earlier hit, the Double Life of Veronique. It was also his final film.
Somewhere in between those deep, thoughtful meditations on the nature of life and love came the second film in the trilogy... White. Maybe because this film - which for all intensive purposes is about gaining equality - is less emotionally rigid than the two films that act as bookends - or perhaps because the issues analysed here are less weighty - White has always been somewhat overlooked and undervalued by the majority of fans and critics. I think this is a bit of a shame really, because for me, the film represents something of a pleasant change of pace for the director, allowing him to create characters that are much more lucid and three-dimensional (away from the anguished, metaphysical ciphers in Red and Blue), as well as offering him the chance to use moments of comedy and kind pathos to undercut the more thoughtful or reflective moments of drama. The characters here are wonderfully rendered, with our central protagonist Karol Karol - the most perfect example of a tragi-comic hero this side of the silent age - trying to find his place in the world after a bitter divorce and an embarrassing court procedure leave him uncertain of who he really is.
The rest of the film charts his journey from nobody, to somebody, right back to nobody (with some devilish twists along the way), whilst also touching on notions of power, personal equality and the all consuming power of love.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A dish best served cold 26 Oct 2005
By L. Davidson VINE VOICE
Having watched Kieslowski's "Three Colours Blue" and now this film , I must admit to finding the whole Liberty and Equality , Blue and White theme to be particularly vague and tenuous and "Three Colours White" bears no significant resemblance to the first film in terms of plot and atmosphere with 80% of the film being set in Poland and most of the dialogue being in Polish. That said, these observations don't prevent "White" from being as good a film, possibly even better, than "Blue".
The characterisation and acting is first class as the film's location shifts from Paris to Warsaw, following the plight of scorned husband Karol (Zbigniew Zamachowski) , thrown out by his beautiful but callous French wife Dominique (Julie Delpy) and being forced to use a somewhat unorthodox method of returning to his native Poland. Rather than resume his hairdressing duties in Warsaw, Karol tries his hand successfully at property speculation, opens his own business and concocts a very cunning plan to avenge his Parisian humiliations at the hands of Dominique.
Memorable characters abound; Karol the lovelorn crimper turned streetwise schemer, his gorgeous but icy cold ex-wife Dominique, Karol's mysterious depressive friend Mikolaj and his whispering landlord Jurek. The cinematography is typically stylish and the storyline is intriguing and cleverly constructed. An excellent film.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Kieslowski's Brilliant Black Comedy
This was the second film in Krzysztof Kieslowski's masterful Three Colours Trilogy, and (loosely) matches up to 'equality' in the French national motif. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Keith M
5.0 out of 5 stars good
making people write long reviews on ggod they receive is in my opinion expecting a lot. surely just a simple word comment is enough??
Published 20 months ago by Ms. Julie A. Renyard
4.0 out of 5 stars Getting back in the new Europe
A comedy that talks of the personal and political adjustments of the new Europe."We're European now" Karol's(Zamachowski) brother tells him when he gets back to the... Read more
Published on 23 Aug 2012 by technoguy
3.0 out of 5 stars Poles apart
There is so much to admire in this second film in Kieslowski`s trilogy, not least an uncharacteristic element of near-farce, and a gallery of offbeat types more often to be found... Read more
Published on 18 May 2012 by GlynLuke
3.0 out of 5 stars The weakest film in the trilogy
White seems lightweight when compared to Blue or Red. A black comedy which does not hold much appeal. Read more
Published on 1 Jan 2012 by AuroraAtlantica
4.0 out of 5 stars Quiet and beautiful
This is the second part in Krystof Kieslowski's Three Colours trilogy, looking at the idea of equality. Read more
Published on 31 May 2011 by S. Meadows
5.0 out of 5 stars The Perfect Experience
Three Colours White
Director Krzysztof Kieslowski, 1993, Polish and French with English subtitles
(certificate 15)

Extraordinarily judged story of Equality,... Read more
Published on 27 Jan 2011 by J. R. Moss
5.0 out of 5 stars Should have been called "Black"
Having enjoyed "Three Colours;Blue", I was intrigued to watch this film which was the second in the series. Read more
Published on 11 Jan 2010 by Ian Thumwood
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad
This is a beautiful film but it doesn't answer questions that I liked to have answered. Like, why is that bird so cheesed off with her ex? Read more
Published on 11 May 2008 by J. I. De Beresford
3.0 out of 5 stars Second in the trilogy, and less effective
The second in Kieslowski's 'Three Colours Trilogy', the camera seeking out white imagery, the director pursuing themes of equality, and a film with an altogether lighter touch than... Read more
Published on 28 Mar 2005 by Budge Burgess
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