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".
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."
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.
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.