“Drama” is such a broad term for cinema, so I had to think extra hard about this one. For example, North by Northwest could be technically considered a drama, but it’s actually a thriller, so there are many things to choose from. In the end I settled for two of Krzysztof Kieslowksi’s films, Trois Coleurs: Bleu and Trois Coleurs: Rouge.
Bleu, anchored by the great Juliette Binoche, represents “liberty,” the meaning of the color blue in the French flag. In the movie, Binoche’s character is the sole survivor of an accident that killed his husband and child, and she want to liberate herself by withdrawing from the world, but her past just won’t leave her alone, as she discovers things from his husband, a famous composer, that she never would have expected. The movie follows her as she goes through all this, even if she doesn’t want to.
Rouge, representing “fraternity,” is the story of a young model named Valentine, played by the beautiful Irene Jacobs, who runs over a dog. And when she takes it back to its owner, she discovers that the man spies on his neighbors’ phone calls. The movie is ultimately about the relationships between between not only Valentine and the old man, but also between the man’s neighbors, and is ultimately about the connections between all human beings.
Both of these movie are slow burning looks into the private lives of these people. They are riveting and very relatable. I want to delve deeper into both films but I need to watch these again, but I want to wait until they are released on Blu-ray, but I don’t think I’ll be able to wait much more. Hurry up Lionsgate!