France, Poland, Switzerland 1993
Failing to find the courage to commit suicide after her husband and infant daughter die in a car crash, Julie decides to build a new, anonymous and wholly independent life. Leaving her country mansion for a Paris apartment, she soon finds that freedom is not as easy to achieve as she hoped. Neighbors seek help and friendship, and doubts about her husband’s fidelity inflame jealousy. Most troubling there’s the music: Julie can’t escape the sounds in her head. Kieslowskis film – the first of three inspired by the ideals of the French Revolution – is an arresting study of notions of individual freedom in the modern world.
98 min. Original with English subtitles. 35mm to DCP, 1.85:1. Color, Dolby SR. Script: Krzysztof Kieslowski, Krzysztof Piesiwicz. With: Juliette Binoche, Benoit Régent, Zbigniew Zamachowski, Charlotte Véry, Julie Delpy. DoP: Slawomir Idziak. Second Camera Operator / Still Photographer: Piotr Jaxa. Editing: Jacques Witta.