The first part of Krzysztof Kieslowski’s famous trilogy is a masterpiece, modern European cinema at its finest. Juliette Binoche stars as Julie de Courcy, a woman who, mourning the death of her husband and child in a car accident, tries to sever her connections with the world, only to find herself being drawn slowly, reluctantly, back to life. Ecstatic rather than mournful, and packed with moments of hushed beauty and transcendent wonder, it’s anchored by Binoche’s performance – arguably her career best – and made unforgettable by Kieslowski’s masterful direction, Slawomir Idziak’s hallucinatory cinematography, and Zbigniew Preisner’s ravishing score.

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