It is the first part of Krzysztof Kieslowski's ``Three Colours'' trilogy, and tells the story of Julie, a young woman who tries to completely change her life when her composer husband and their five-year old daughter die in a wreck. The ensuing story is compelling and intriguing, but it wasn't until the final moments that I truly understood the ``message'' of this film. Juliette Binoche brings a stubborn denial to the role of Julie, and her gorgeous face is most fitting in a film about love and its role in life. More remarkable even than her acting, however, is the music by Zbigniew Preisner, which interacts with the plot in a complex fashion. Julie's husband was a composer (although it was alleged that she wrote all his music) and his unfinished concerto for the unification of Europe is what draws eventually Julie back to her old life.

Julie, a young, musically gifted Frenchwoman, has just lost her daughter and renowned composer-husband Patrice in a car accident. During her long physical convalescence, a journalist questions Julie about the widespread rumor that she's the actual composer of all Patrice's work. She rebuffs the journalist's inquiry regarding her husband's music, but she does not deny it. Upon leaving the hospital, Julie takes a flat in Paris and struggles to start anew -- but not until she destroys Patrice's final unfinished work: a huge symphony for 12 orchestras, to be played at a gala celebrating the upcoming unification of 12 European nations. But another copy surfaces, and gradually, as Julie discovers some surprising secrets about her husband's life, she's drawn back to the music, and the pleasures of life.


Though I speak with the tongues of angels,
If I have not love...
My words would resound with but a tinkling of a cymbal.
And though I have the gift of prophecy...
And understand all mysteries...
and all knowledge...
And though I have all faith
So that I could remove mountains,
if I have not love...
I am nothing.
Love is patient, full of goodness;
Love tolerates all things,
Aspires to all things,
Love never dies,
while the prophecies shall be done away,
tongues shall be silenced,
knowledge shall fade...
thus then shall linger only
faith, hope, and love...
but greatest of these...
is love.

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