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.