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2. 'Three Colors: Blue, White, Red'
Films: "Three Colors: Blue" (1993), "Three Colors: White" (1994), and "Three Colors: Red" (1994)
Director: Krzysztof Kieslowski
Best of the bunch: The Kieslowski films are remarkable human stories, told with wit and empathy, deeply felt and fully realized, and "Red," which was the last in the cycle, makes a powerful case for the healing nature of storytelling. A woman hits a dog with her car and, trying to save him, ends up meeting his owner, a retired jude who spends his days watching his neighbors and listening in on their phone calls. The relationship that blooms between them defies conventional movie wisdom, and it elevates this over two other truly great films.
Weakest Link: "White" is the slightest of the films, and yet it still contains more wisdom than many films even aspire to.
Why it's a great trilogy: Kieslowski had a singular voice, and yet he did not leave behind a long filmography. Some might argue that his best work was done for television in the form of his ten-part meditation on the messages of the Ten Commandments, but I think that was the warm up for his final three movies where he managed to impart his entire worldview over the span of three very intimate stories about the connections between people. Julie Delpy, Juliette Binoche, and Irene Jacob all get career-defining roles as the leads in the films, and they are luminous, each of them laying bare their souls in service of Kieslowski's beautiful belief that we all save each other every day in a million small ways. To tell such different stories in pursuit of one truth is why these stand united as one of the best trilogies ever produced.
- Drew McWeeny