Three Colors: Blue (Trois couleurs: Bleu) 1993, White (Blanc) 1994, Red (Rouge) 1994
Blue is the story of Julie (Juliette Binoche) who loses her husband, an acclaimed European composer, and her young daughter in a car accident. The film's theme of liberty is manifested in Julie's attempt to start a new life, free of personal commitments, belongings, grief and love. She intends to spiritually commit suicide by withdrawing from the world to live independently, anonymously and in complete solitude. Despite her intentions, people from her former and present life intrude with their own needs and irresistibly draw Julie back to the land of the living.
White (symbolizing equality for the French) is the much more light-hearted story of Polish hairdresser Karol (Zbigniew Zamachowski) and his beautiful French wife Dominique (Julie Delpy) who are going through a messy divorce because of Karol’s inability to perform sexually. Crushed emotionally and financially, Karol returns to Poland where he can only find work as a beggar in the Warsaw Metro. His circumstances gradually improve, and with a little help, Karol decides to seek revenge on the woman who stole his self-respect. However, this plan has unexpected and amusing consequences.
Red focuses on Valentine (Irène Jacob), a young model living in Geneva. After an incident of distracted driving, where she accidentally runs over a dog, she tracks down the owner, a retired judge (Jean-Louis Trintignant) who secretly eavesdrops on his neighbors' phone calls. The film’s theme of fraternity (through redemption, forgiveness and compassion) plays out as these two people--with little in common--gradually form unexpected bonds with each other and also with others, including key characters from the previous two films in the Trilogy.Kieslowski uses the three colors of the French flag symbolically in this film trilogy reflecting on the French national motto: Liberté, Égalité, Fraternité.