Picks and Pans Review: White

updated 07/11/1994 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 07/11/1994 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Zbigniew Zamachowski, Julie Delpy, Janusz Gajos, Jerzy Stuhr

Those who saw Blue, the pretentious first segment of Krzysztof Kieslowski's trilogy, would be advised to forgive and forget. To do otherwise would mean missing out on White, a merry, deadpan tale of unrequited love and bittersweet revenge. The movie follows the curious fortunes of Zamachowski, a Polish hairdresser whose wife (Delpy) has given him the boot because of his inability to consummate their marriage. Puzzled (he could please his wife before the wedding) and forlorn, Zamachowski takes to playing his comb like a harmonica for small change in the Paris subway. Things couldn't get worse, or so it seems, until Zamachowski phones just to hear Delpy's voice and she lets him hear it loud and clear—while she is cavorting with another man. Zamachowski dejectedly leaves town, by an unconventional means of conveyance, and plots an elaborate revenge. His is a ruthless plan with a tender, twisted outcome. (R)

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