Blue Is the Warmest Colour

Blue Is the Warmest Colour

(La vie d'Adèle)

Intimate coming-of-age romance, winner of the Palme d'Or at Cannes 2013, starring Léa Seydoux (Sister) and Adèle Exarchopoulos in a breakthrough performance. According to Variety, it also features "the most explosively graphic lesbian sex scenes in recent memory".... More

Adele (Exarchopoulos) is a sensitive 15-year-old with a passion for literature when she first meets Emma (Seydoux), an older university arts student with bright blue hair. Emma introduces her to many aspects of womanhood, igniting a passion through the discovery of desire. Out of the confines of their relationship, Adele continues to grow wiser and more assertive, but also grows longing…

Steven Spielberg, who headed the Cannes jury, described Blue Is the Warmest Colour as "a great love story that made all of us feel privileged to be a fly on the wall, to see this story of deep love and deep heartbreak evolve from the beginning. The director didn’t put any constraints on the narrative. He let the scenes play in real life, and we were absolutely spellbound."Hide

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Tunisian-born, French-raised director Abdellatif Kechiche favours the emotional authenticity of his lead characters above all else. It's not at the expense of plot, cinematography or any other aspects of his films, but it's definitely where all the emphasis lies – in both the filmmaking process and the final product.... More

That has never been truer than in his new film, which combined a personal idea he was developing with an adaptation of a 2010 graphic novel by Julie Maroh. It says it all that when Kechiche won the Palme d'Or at Cannes, his two lead actresses were awarded the prize along with him – they sink so completely and so specifically into the reality on screen, their contributions were justly recognised as equally important to the director's.

The more-established Lea Séydoux (Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol; Midnight In Paris) has been getting most of the media attention, but this is Adèle Exarchopoulos' movie through and through. Laid bare in ways far more interesting than what the controversy surrounding this film would suggest, Exarchopoulos conveys the mania and heartbreak of falling in love with the kind of guileless conviction you'd think would be impossible to capture on camera.

The character arcs are not unique, but the torrent of emotional verisimilitude that flows from the screen is. Seen within a viewing of the film, the sexual aspects don't feel particularly gratuitous, their intensity justified in the context of the film's epic (successful) push for feeling.

Blue Is The Warmest Colour may require a little embracing of its motivations on the part of the viewer – once you begin to feel its rhythms, the film's mastery is undeniable.Hide

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BY Lythys grader

At least, no one will ever do worse with this story.

BY freshdude superstar

The French title of the film is "La Vie D'Adele", which translates as "Adele's Life", and this sums up what the film is about.
The film is often described as a lesbian love story but despite taking a big chunk of the movie, that's not the subject of the film ... the superb Adele (played by impressive Adele Exarchopoulos) is the subject of the film, and we follow her from 15 to about 22 years old. Ultimately it is a coming of age movie, really, and a brilliant one indeed.
Adele is utterly... More captivating, fascinating, stunning and touching ... you can not help but fall in love with her, at least I know I did.Hide

BY JackWallace superstar

Winner of the Palme D'or at the Cannes Film Festival last year, receiving universal acclaim and appearing on many critics top 10 lists. Blue is the Warmest Colour is one of the most powerful and captivating love stories I've ever seen. Adele Exarchopoulos & Lea Seydoux give sublime performances as Adele & Emma. Adele, played by Exarchopoulos, a teenage girl discovering she has feeling for other women, and Emma, played by Seydoux, an older lesbian with blue hair who begins a relationship with... More Adele. Many scenes are shot with close ups on the actors faces. Controversial for it's explicit sexual content, Blue is the Warmest Colour has an extremely graphic 12 minute NC-17 lesbian sex scene. Sex is necessary in a romance, But it was just so excessive and it felt gratuitous after several minutes. Blue is the Warmest Colour is undeniably impressive. And while maybe not quite the masterpiece it was hyped up to be, this is a challenging yet rewarding experience that cinema lovers shouldn't miss.Hide

The Press Reviews

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  • Anchored by two of the most natural, committed performances you’ll ever see, Blue Is The Warmest Colour is the most moving love story of the year. Full Review

  • Fearless, relatable and beautiful, this is one of the year’s best. Holding you so close for so long, you won’t want to break free. Full Review

  • It’s a simple, even predictable story, yet textured so exquisitely and acted so forcefully as to feel almost revelatory. Full Review

  • From this simple, not especially unique love story, Kechiche has fashioned an intimate epic. Full Review

  • It's a long movie, and by the end you may well feel every bit as wrung out as the characters. But it is genuinely passionate film-making. Full Review

  • It’s emotionally and sexually explicit, as raw as an exposed nerve at times, but Adèle and Emma have public lives as well as private ones, and the film’s great achievement is holding them in balance and observing how they relate to each other. Full Review

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