Poland, in the politically turbulent late 1970s: Witek is running to catch a train. From this banal event, Krzysztof Kieslowski imagines three different possible outcomes in the young man's life. In the first scenario, Witek catches the train on which he meets some hard line communists and joins the party. In the second, as Witek runs for the train, his path is blocked by a ticket inspector; the ensuing struggle leads to his arrest and subsequent involvement in the political underground. In the final scenario, Witek misses the train and he returns to the medical studies that he intended to abandon. He falls in love with a female student, gets married and lives a quiet life as a doctor, showing little interest in politics.
'Blind Chance' is actually quite dull. And quite interesting. The structure of the film - 3 short(ish) sections, each the result of the main character's missing or catching a train - lends a kind of spurious interest to rather tedious tales of unconvincing love, minor politics and unsensational imprisonment. But there's something here that is hard to pin down : a kind of director's intelligence that makes things hard to dismiss. The acting is perfect. Human observation is immaculate. The ending (though predictable 2 minutes from the end) is gasp-making. And the film 'stays with you' in an unexpected way. Perhaps the anti-Hollywood approach - slow, meticulous, self-consciously structured, even dull - is rewarding in itself.