Saturday, June 20, 2009

30 Days of Films: "White" (1994)

"White" is the middle film of director Krzystof Kieslowski's French trilogy on life's misfortunes after the Cold War.  Having watched most of Kieslowski's acclaimed films over the past few months, I've picked up on his stylistic and thematic traits - there is a reason he brought international attention to a struggling Polish film industry, and I think it comes from the simple and soft way he photographs every day objects and shows how people fit into the context of a normal life under pressing circumstances.

"White" does not have the deep impact of "Blue" - its performers and writing are not as strong - but moments of its protagonist lying in bed, playing with a comb, and spinning a quarter all help create a poetic balance of life trying to reach a synthesis.  Kieslowski's films are so minimal it's hard to figure out what he wants to say, as there is often very little interjection of his own viewpoint, but that staunch ambivalence creates the freedom to look at the characters and situations as individual pieces to a larger, disconnected, and ultimately very frail society.

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