Three Colors: Blue (Krzysztof Kieslowski, 1993). The first film in a trilogy, and the first I’ve seen directed by Kieslowski. I felt as I watched that I was in a bit over my head, but the film washes over you in a way that makes emotional sense by the conclusion. Juliette Binoche is in virtually every scene, so it’s a good thing she’s such a good actress. Early on, when she presents a stoic front to the world, she manages to suggest the emotions bubbling underneath. Kieslowski offers a variety of methods to show her re-emergence, but it’s Binoche who subtly makes us believe the gradual transformation back to something resembling her whole self. Kieslowski takes his time telling his story (not in length … it’s only 98 minutes, but there is no rushed feeling), and while some highly praise this film, I think you need to be in the right frame of mind for it to work on you. #501 on the They Shoot Pictures, Don’t They list of the top 1000 films of all time. 7/10, while reserving the right to raise that grade on a second viewing.
The Parallax View (Alan J. Pakula, 1974). 6/10.
The Damned United (Tom Hooper, 2009). 7/10.