White (1994)

Genres - Comedy Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Black Comedy, Marriage Drama  |   Release Date - Jun 10, 1994 (USA - Limited)  |   Run Time - 95 min.  |   Countries - Switzerland , France , United Kingdom , Poland   |   MPAA Rating - R
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Review by Brendon Hanley

The second of writer/director Krzysztof Kieslowski's impressive Three Colors Trilogy, Trois Couleurs: Blanc is also the lightest of the three movies. Compared to the stark tragedy of Bleu (1993) and the subtle, multi-character epiphanies of Rouge (1994), Blanc is more of a romantic comedy, expanding upon the director's poetic, philosophical style. The comedic tone is deceptive: Kieslowski offers a surprisingly profound, ironic look at how the emptiness of life can be so deeply affected by love. Polish actor Zbigniew Zamachowski turns in a charming, Chaplin-esque performance as the bitter, bemused hero, and the striking Julie Delpy is appropriately cast as the cruel wife who divorces him due to his impotency. Complementing the performances is cinematographer Edward Klosinski, who perfectly captures the paradoxically bleak but bright grays and browns of Poland.