Trois couleurs: Blanc (1994)
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Jeez, Blue had "Mysterious... sexy!" on the cover and White has "Intoxicating, erotic treat!". Whoever is marketing these is making european porn lovers rent the wrong movie and making film buffs feel embarassed to rent it.
Yes, definitely underrated. It has elements of the "tale fantastic" but it is most effective not in terms of realism - or lack of it - but rather the psychology of sex. Both protagonists begin the story at opposite emotional poles, and move through carefully plotted scenes of humiliation, revenge, compassion, and effectively the equivalent of rape to restore "normal" conditions of mutual love.
Especially notable are the cross-references to Blue (Juliette Binoche blunders into the early courtroom scene) and Red (check the sheets of Julie Delpy's hotel room bed where the "lovers" re-unite). And there's a mysterious appearance of a figure next to Zamachowski as he buys a bottle of vodka ...
There's also some significance to the director's choice to put the title in Polish ("Is it because I cannot speak French? ...").
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This movie ranks #15 in Empire's The 100 Best Films of World Cinema
This movie ranks #32 in The Times's 100 Best French Films
This movie ranks #77 in Jennifer Eiss's 500 Essential Cult Movies
This movie ranks #96 in Muzeum Kinematografii w Łodzi's Best Polish Films
This movie ranks #153 in Halliwell's Top 1000: The Ultimate Movie Countdown
This movie ranks #211 in Roger Ebert's Great Movies
This movie ranks #308 in Harvard's Suggested Film Viewing: Narrative Films
This movie ranks #317 in TSPDT's 1,000 Greatest Films: 1001-2000
This movie ranks #690 in The Criterion Collection
This movie ranks #927 in The Guardian's 1000 Films to See Before You Die