Przypadek / Blind Chance (1981) Criterion Collection
Before his 1996 death, Polish director Krzysztof Kieslowski developed a belated reputation as one of Europe's most challenging filmmakers, engaged in stranding desperate characters in shifting moral landscapes and observing, unblinking, while they stumbled. Because Kieslowski worked primarily in a nominally communist country that was uneasy about exporting his films, international acclaim eluded him until his final set of masterpieces: "The Decalogue", "The Double Life Of Veronique", and the "Three Colors" trilogy (Blue, White, and Red), all of which consciously avoided commenting directly on socialism's decay.

"Blind Chance" tells three stories that imagine three different possible paths in a young man's life. The man is Witek (Boguslaw Linda), a Polish medical student who has abandoned his studies in the wake of his father's recent death. He decides to board a train and go to Warsaw for a while. In the first story, he catches the train. In the second story, he misses the train, accidentally knocks over a police officer and gets arrested. In the third story, he misses the train and encounters an old friend. In each story, Witek's life takes a dramatically different path.

The film explores all three possibilities as a kind of flashback from the moment of death; it can be seen as a more serious precursor to multiple-reality movies like American romantic comedy "Sliding Doors" or German philosophical thriller "Run Lola Run".

Krzysztof Kieslowski completed "Blind Chance" in 1981, but the film was immediately banned and wasn't officially released until 1987. First suppressed and then censored by the Polish government, Blind Chance is here presented in its complete original form.


• "Blind Chance" Unshelved - in this brand new video interview, Polish film critic Tadeusz Sobolewski discusses the socio-political climate in Poland at the time when Krzysztof Kieslowski shot Blind Chance and the film's placement in the director's body of work. The interview was conducted exclusively for Criterion in 2015. In Polish, with optional English subtitles. (19 min).

• Agnieszka Holland - in this video interview, writer/director Agnieszka Holland (Europa Europa, To Kill a Priest) discusses her initial impressions of the rough cut of Blind Chance, the unique structure of the narrative (and how later on it was copied by other directors), and some of the difficulties Krzysztof Kieslowski had to overcome during the shooting of the film. The interview was conducted in 2003. In French, with optional English subtitles. (6 min).

• Censored - in 1981, when Krzysztof Kieslowski completed Blind Chance, the Central Film Board in Poland stopped the film's release, finding the content political objectionable. Six years later, the board decided to distribute it, along with several other shelved films, although in a censored form. Presented here are the nine sections of Blind Chance that were altered. The censored segments are presented in color. In Polish, with optional English subtitles. (10 min).

DVD9 | NTSC 16:9 | 02:03:11 | 7.62 Gb + 3% rec
Language: Polish
Subtitles: English

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Language: Polish
Subtitles: English

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