Blue Is the Warmest Color (2013)


Blue Is the Warmest Color – Abdellatif Kechiche

La vie d’Adèle (original title)

Summary:  A blue-haired girl catches the eye of high school student Adele (Adele Exarchopoulos) when passing in the street.  Adele doesn’t see her again until she purposefully wanders into a gay bar after finishing a relationship with a male student at her school, that had left her feeling lost.  The blue-haired girl, Emma (Léa Seydoux), approaches Adele and the pair begin a conversation that’ll eventually lead to them becoming friends and hanging out.  Adele develops strong feelings for Emma, which she thinks is reciprocated.

My Review:  This is such a powerful film that has already received a lot of praise and unfortunately attracted some criticism too.  Whilst others may dismiss this as a ‘poor disguise for a lesbian porno’, I feel the film is painfully realistic in the lessons of love, carnal desire and discovering, but more importantly owning your sexuality, whether that be with the same gender or not.  Yes the sex scenes are graphic and long, but without these the fictional bond between these (amazing) actresses may not have been so passionate.  Achingly sad in places, making it more of a sobering masterpiece.

My Rating: 4.5/5

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