The first time I watched Blue is the Warmest Color was in the IFC cinema in New York the year it came out. An elemental relationship, defined entirely by the interior ferocity of the participants' pure attraction and empathy, gets exactly the same intense ethos of representation. Blue Is the Warmest Color This is the first of two releases of this film by the Criterion Collection. Tunisian born director Abdelatif Kechiche has shown some sensibility in previous movies (for instance Games of Love and Chance) but this Cannes festival winner feels quite exploitative (his previous movie, Black Venus, was also nasty, disappointing and sensationalistic). This is a very tender , passionate tale of young love that I found fascinating . Their courtship and relationship are intimately, exquisitely wrought, but it takes an awful long time to get there... and Kechiche could've shaved some of the many scenes of Adele eating (she's hungry, get it) and loafing around. I hate this film because it betrayed my expectations. “Blue Is the Warmest Color,” which has now opened in the United States, is a sexual coming-of-age story about a French provincial voluptuary, Adèle (Ms. Exarchopoulos). Blue Is the Warmest Color stars the remarkable newcomer Adèle Exarchopoulos as a high schooler who, much to her own surprise, plunges into a thrilling relationship with a female twentysomething art student, played by Léa Seydoux. Directed by Abdellatif Kechiche, this finely detailed, intimate epic sensitively renders the erotic abandon of youth. She even goes so far as to have sex with a boy just to see if … This movie although is one of the best love stories I have seen. I saw this film on the last night it was playing at my local theater and I jumped on the opportunity. They have to be special, show me something different, give me ideas to think about or to evaluate in my own life. “Blue Is the Warmest Color,” which has now opened in the United States, is a sexual coming-of-age story about a French provincial voluptuary, Adèle (Ms. Exarchopoulos). It really helps that the actresses are so perfect. The French title of this movie was La Vie d’Adele – Chapitre 1 & 2 (in English The Life of Adele – Chapters 1 & 2).While Adele is the protagonist the movie is very much about the impact that her relationship with Emma had on her life. The correct English translation of the title is The Life of Adele, as if the life of the character is just discovering her sexuality in a teenage romance. I am fed up of movies showing relationships built only on sex, and not of friendship and love, this teaches the public the wrong thing. The story rattles along at pace , and hardly has time to fully explore all the issues that are on show . Review: Blue Is the Warmest Color By Kristin M. Jones in the November-December 2013 Issue There is a vivid party scene at the middle of Abdellatif Kechiche’s sprawling Palme d’Or winner Blue Is the Warmest Color (aka, in France, La Vie d’Adèle: Chapitres 1 et 2 ) that encapsulates some of … I am watching movies since the latest 30 years and I have to say ; This movie is special !! BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOR. Adèle imagines that the mysterious, blue-haired girl she encountered Blue is the Warmest Color centers on a … Mick LaSalle is The San Francisco Chronicle 's movie critic. All rights reserved. The actresses held nothing back in their body language and added much to the moment-to-moment importance of their character development. At the Q&A afterward with Kechiche, Seydoux and Exarchopoulos, I learned that they shot some of the takes 100 times! Put the words together and separately, it does not matter actually. One of the best films I have ever seen. I suspect he found parallels between Maroh's experience as a lesbian and his own experience as an Arab in France. All the classmates harassed Adele but not him? The movie handles the passion between them, a passion that many of us forget over the years in a relation. The time line of this movie was horrible to follow! The sex is merely a device used to accelerate the plot and enrich the realism of the film. 03. I felt wonderfully disappointed when certain scenes ended. Review: Blue Is the Warmest Color. I do wonder why one of the highest-profile films about a lesbian relationship starred two straight actresses and was directed by a man. Two people at an age that one is at high school and other is at college meet and discover love, besides being a lesbian relationship, that is nothing more to add. Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 15, 2008. I don't agree. Showing all 24 items Jump to: Certification; Sex & Nudity (6) Violence & Gore (2) Profanity (2) Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking (10) Frightening & Intense Scenes (4) Certification. Almost every emotion the face can show is expressed by the leading actress: longing, satisfaction, shame, allure, hunger, anger, grief, boredom, suspicion. No unnecessary emotional or cuteness parts, each part of the story is real and genius. I was fortunate enough to see this movie at a screening last night in Los Angeles. Full disclosure, I'm a lesbian. While watching 'La Vie d'Adèle', I regularly thought about 'Entre les Murs', the winner of the Palme d'Or in Cannes five years ago. It has universal themes that make it relatable beyond a French audience. This is acting on the edge...powerful and dramatic...worthy of many awards . Previous Next. They're without a doubt awkward to sit through, but they don't ruin the film either. Get the freshest reviews, news, and more delivered right to your inbox! | REVIEW: BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOR finally hits U.S theatres after riding a wave of acclaim and controversy that's already led to it being regarded … Image . The now infamous sex scenes were in my opinion incredibly moving and central to the plot (however they were rather long...men will be used more to a "Wham Bam 30 seconds approach " ! ) In detailing the relationship between blue-collar Adèle (Adèle Exarchopoulos), 15, and Emma (Léa Seydoux), an older, sophisticated art student, Blue Is the Warmest Color … Cannes Film Review: ‘Blue Is the Warmest Color’ A searingly intimate character study marked by the most explosively graphic lesbian sex scenes in recent memory. Nonetheless , its almost impossible to find fault . I highly recommend it to all readers especially teenagers on up. [A] Video Player The movie is made in away you are in the skin of Adele and Emma ( can't remember the actress names ). User Ratings Kechiche totally dirts the whole thing through the objectifying male gaze he shoots through and in the bloated, completely indulgent three hour running time. While Hollywood films simply prattle on about love while merely copying sitcom nonsense, here is a French film that will mean something to anyone who has ever had the pleasure and the pain of being in love. So, twice it appears as though Emma has cheated yet, she ends the relationship with Adele for cheating, calling her a slut, etc? A deep diving into puberty, into the raw desires of youth, above the thunderous victory of human need. A mundane love story between two very different women, Certainly pushes boundaries, Shows new look on life, Never a dull moment, a beautiful and captivating film, Really boring, 7 minute sex scene does not make it a quality movie, Great acting but emotionally and sexually manipulative. The young actresses who play the lead (Lea Seydoux and Adele Exarchopoulos), who are not porn actresses, appear in very explicit, apparently non simulated sex scenes (including masturbation, oral sex, fingering and doing the sex position popularly known as the 69). But make no mistake, "Blue Is the Warmest Color" constitutes a breakthrough, in addition to being the best film of 2013. Blue Is the Warmest Color stars the remarkable newcomer Adèle Excharpoulos as a high schooler who, much to her own surprise, plunges into a thrilling relationship with a female twentysomething art student, played by Léa Seydoux. The three hours will simply fly by as you follow the life of Adele who falls in love with an arty student . This is what I asked myself when I decided to put this French romantic drama on my list of favorite movies next to the film about neo-Nazis. [ This is a re-post of my review … The Times critic A. O. Scott reviews "Blue is the Warmest Color." I have been a lesbian my whole life (I am 47 now) and have had my share of sex... never once have I been in the positions they show in this movie. I was worried after the opening scenes that the film was one of stark realism despite its whimsical title. Review: The Croods: A New Age Is a Step Up that Still Leaves You Wanting More. I wish I hadn't built up my hopes so much. Film. The cockeyed open-heartedness of Kechiche's conception yields a girl-meets-girl-and-so-on story of three hours. Cinematic. Blue is the Warmest Color triumphantly revealed love in the extremes, both in its beauty and in its monstrosity. That passion is also expressed in about 3 sex scenes, 3 scenes which are quiet honest and direct. We WANTED to add this to the tiny list of films that we enjoy that depict relationships that look like ours. I was looking forward to this movie but I was quite disappointed. He works on something until he gets it right, and the only time he gets it right is when he feels comfortable with what he has shot. There is a misconception that if a movie has long shots of the wind moving the tree leaves, or if it is slow, the movie is of high quality. Léa Seydoux's tough and driven aspiring artist Emma and Adèle Exarchopoulos's dazed and extraordinarily physically expressive Adele are convincing in their attraction, passion, and tenderness. I read a review of the film that said something along the lines of, "the trouble with this film being 3 hours is that you want to watch it for several more." But enough of my dashed dreams, on to the problems. Blue is the Warmest Color is the exploration of a relationship between two young women from the first glance to the aftermath of a painful breakup. Cinematic orgasm. Orgasm. If the movie works, it's not as a cause célèbre, but as something fairly conventional. Women lie beside one another, on top of each other, caress, hug, touch, etc... women are usually on their back (the one receiving). You realize just how rare films are that make a sincere attempt to catch what it really is like to fall for someone, without sentimentality, forced cuteness or cheap emotional manipulation. Based on a graphic novel. We were so ready to love it. Blue Is the Warmest Color absolutely deserved and earned the Palme D'or at Cannes. Her face is so expressive. This movie triggered me thinking about love and life and I waited to give it my neutral review. Noir City: International 2020. Review: Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom Is a … As eyewateringly graphic as it is tearjerkingly beautiful, Blue is the Warmest Color is a very wordy love letter to the power of young romance. Sitting through three hours in a movie theater and focusing on one woman's life (especially a queer woman's) was a relief and something I could use a lot more of. Don't have an account? This is the rare love story that has real emotional truth about it. We see in the beginning that Emma was already in a relationship with another woman when she first meets Adele but we never know what happens with that. A movie review by James Berardinelli. Directed by Abdellatif Kechiche, this finely detailed, intimate epic sensitively renders the erotic abandon of youth. perspective on lesbian relationships this movie is nothing but a waste of time... 3 hrs I'll never get back. So, movies like World war Z is not directly my style. "Blue is the Warmest Colour is a naturalistic and touching film, whether you're gay, straight, bisexual, or whatever orientation. At the art exhibit we see that Emma has paintings of the pregnant women while she was still pregnant which hints that she was intimate with her while she was with Adele. But Blue is the Warmest Colour is too exceptional a film to be defined by its controversy. By creating an account, you agree to the Privacy Policy Frankly, I didn't feel the length of it at all - I wanted it to be longer. Review: Before Turning Histrionic, Uncle Frank Is a Tender Look at Outsider Kinship. That exact moment when the juices of love are instantly aggressive and the human body seems like a fruit with the heart as a kernel. Blue Is the Warmest Color 2013 ★★★★ Watched Jan 17, 2021. (For me it's the cafe scene, my God, Adele says she used to eat scabs, in that scene she's sticking a dagger in her own heart and twisting it- it's excoriating, naked and raw. I just want to start off by saying this is an amazing film about young love that is actually honest with its audience. It's difficult to overstate what director Abdellatif Kechiche has achieved with Blue is the Warmest Color, his powerful (if controversial) look into the life of a young girl as she experiences the highs and lows of first love. Mick LaSalle is The San Francisco Chronicle 's movie critic. This widely acclaimed, almost three hour movie about adolescent lesbian love in a high school in France is nothing special in my opinion. If you enjoy foreign cinema at all you will likely find this mesmerizing. One of the most emotionally intense, powerful movies of the year. I didn't shed a tear at any stage (but came close a few times ) . If it wasn't for the gay twist, the same hetero couple storyline would make people leave the movie at the first 20 minutes. This is a proper romance, with all the usual jealousies and tiny idiocies. Sex scenes are way off, story line is hard to follow. There are not too many lesbian films where no one dies, goes back to men, or goes insane at the end. I try to justify them artistically in my mind, and I'm afraid I can't. But make no mistake, "Blue Is the Warmest Color" constitutes a breakthrough, in addition to being the best film of 2013. An incisive look at the burning fire of first love, and the ache and devastation of its fading. Among some of the best cinema has to offer this year. It has very explicit sex with full nudity and graphic depictions of sex acts, mostly between two women, but one with a man also briefly shows an erect penis. It is just a very detailed picture of a life. Awards apart, this movie is neither entertaining nor thought provocative. Parents need to know that Blue Is the Warmest Color is a French drama with English subtitles that chronicles a high school girl as she matures emotionally and sexually over about 10 years. 1 / 03. Kechiche is something special. This is a very faithful adaptation of Julie Maroh's graphic novel Blue Is the Warmest Color with the exception of the ending, which I will not spoil. This is a film that can give you relationship advice and life guidance no matter what your orientation may be. Interestingly, both actresses have complained after the film was released that they felt exploited during the filming and will not work with the director again. Noir City: International 2020. Review: Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom Is a Moving Swan Song for Chadwick Boseman. I'm a straight male but I couldn't help but feel strongly for the two women during this unconventional love story. It seems to me that SEX was the star and point of this movie.. maybe from a mans perspective? Blue is the Warmest Colour – review. After 30 years of seeing all kind of movies I have narrowed my scope of movies to see. From then on the film is an exercise in cinematic eloquence. It shows how an interaction with a person can have a truly provocative impact on you as a person. I envy people who haven't seen this film. It is one of my favorite sub-genres of cinema. Sado- masochistic, almost. It is replete with beautiful young women who are (surprise surprise) extremely sexual. A movie review of Blue is the Warmest Color. Women do not go at it like these two in the fragile beginnings of a relationship if ever. Adam Hursey’s review published on Letterboxd: I love coming of age stories. I feel that the only reason this movie has got so much attention is the cheep use of lesbian porn, and you can find that a lot faster on the web without wasting three hours of your life. Full Review | Original Score: 5/5 And we can't. As a teenager in love and disappointed at the same time. This year's Palm d'Or winner is a coming of age story about a teenage girl, Adele (the literal title in French is The Life of Adele), who discovers her homosexuality and begins a relationship with Emma, a college student. A quality movie is one which moves something inside, in your hart. I have never seen a film about a face until Blue. Blue is the Warmest Color is unique in its openness and honesty about same-sex relationships although we never really experience the outsider status in society and … In any case, you can feel all kinds of dripping in this garden of delight and from many different angles. Once it was over I realized how smart of a decision it was. The lead actress is stunning in both looks and believability , and you are swept along with her on her journey . Audio . A handsome male classmate falls for her, but an unsettling erotic reverie upsets the romance before it begins. External Reviews A lot of day to day chores, almost a documentary of uninteresting people doing uninteresting things to stretch the plot to the limit. The scenes in the park and the interplay of sentiments and nuances between the two lovers are very emotional and engaging. Film Review. A short conversation sparks a relationship that carries us through the rest of the film. An extraordinary Love story, applicable to all of us !! My opinion on them: I actually do think they're a bit too graphic, gratuitous and almost pornographic. Blue Is the Warmest Color 2013 ★★★★½ . Lea Seydoux plays Emma. Of the two competition films I saw in Cannes, this was luckily one of them. Copyright © Fandango. I was watching the film with a sense of bitten apricot in my mouth, so from time to time I kept checking if indeed something was dripping from my lips . Based on the 2010 graphic novel, Blue is the Warmest Color tells the story of Adèle (Adèle Exarchopoulos, whose character name has been changed from Clémentine for somewhat obvious reasons). The sex scenes (featuring one party masturbation as well as two party lovemaking) are terribly unrealistic and likely represent the director's fantasy of what a woman's sexuality is like. It's people being people, everyone with a social life probably had better days. Though Blue is the Warmest Color, winner of the Palme d'Or at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, contains graphic depictions of sex, it is not a voyeuristic exercise but a complex, deeply intense film that elevates one young woman's personal struggle into a drama of universal relevance. The result is of an intensity, a passion, and a force that is ultimately capable of drawing down any objection that comes its way. “Blue is the Warmest Color” is a masterpiece of human warmth, empathy and generosity, because in a mere three hours, it gives you a whole new life to have lived. Blue Is the Warmest Colour is the only mainstream film so far to treat a lesbian affair on equal terms with a heterosexual one. Film. Blue Is the Warmest Colour (2013) Parents Guide Add to guide . I was completely blown away by their dedication to the characters. There are many shots of the main character's backside (in jeans, in pants, in a dress) as she walks away from the camera which feel highly objectifying and gratuitous. | What is the director's obsession with Spaghetti? The difference of characters is very well presented. news One New York Theater Will Allow Teens To See The NC-17 Blue Is The Warmest Color Katey Rich 7y It's rare for a movie to make it to theaters with … ‘Blue is the Warmest Colour’ is a minutely detailed, searingly erotic three-hour study of first lesbian love. If you give Kechiche your time, he hardly tries your patience, once again creating a beautiful, engrossing film that manages to capture human emotion like few others films ever have. Blue is the Warmest Colour has become one of the most controversial films of the past year on the basis of its frank depiction of lesbian sexuality alone, but the film is so much more than that. This movie on the other hand does a great job keeping every scene riveting through great dialog and riveting emotions. Watched May 02, 2015. Why would a woman have oral sex from behind another woman when it is physically awkward as well as much more difficult? Blue is the warmest color, Now first of all I am well aware that I am a year or two late jumping on the bandwagon of this film. The story, along with its characters, moves the film along to the point where it didn't feel like 3 hours. Masterful filmmaking. They take you with them in their love story, their feelings. [Full Review in Spanish]. The fact that it is about two women who fall for each other is almost secondary to the way the film catches the universality of what it is like to fall in love and maintain the relationship. Mark … | This intimate three-hour epic unfolds in graphic detail, sexual and emotional; it goes where mainstream cinema has not gone before. Review: The Croods: A New Age Is a Step Up that Still Leaves You Wanting More. I would compare many of the scenes in this movie to Tarantino scenes where scenes take on a life of their own. The most discomfiting thing about Blue [Is The Warmest Color] is that it ultimately feels like a menage a trois involving the actors and the camera, staged for the benefit of the director. and the Terms and Policies, Adèle is a confused, out-of-place high school girl, tormented by her hidden sexual desires for other women — unsure of how to react. Also, I didn't understand why there weren't any issues with regard to Adele's friend 'Valentin' who brought her to the gay bar and was also gay (or bi) himself. | Beyond that, I thought the story line was dull, and not true to reality. Later in the year it will get the deluxe Criterion treatment, with lots of special features. It has very explicit sex with full nudity and graphic depictions of sex acts, mostly between two women, but one with a man also briefly shows an erect penis. I couldn't agree more with that statement. Everything in it is generalisable, you can recognise bits of your life in the various stages. 1 / Video . Matt reviews Abdellatif Kechiche's Blue Is the Warmest Color starring Adèle Exarchopoulos and Lea Seydoux. Kechiche creates a throbbing coming-of-age drama. In detailing the relationship between blue-collar Adèle (Adèle Exarchopoulos), 15, and Emma (Léa Seydoux), an older, sophisticated art student, Blue Is the Warmest Color … Blue Is the Warmest Color is an alright work that has, at its center, an interesting examination of a common story. I was wrong. Forget, for a moment, that "Blue is the Warmest Colour" is the story about two women in love. The film takes place over several years, and you really do see her grow from a child to an adult. It isn't an indulgent film bringing only a unique gay relationship to light and nothing more, and it isn't an ode to "coming out" and stockpiled clichés of "being different." You should all go to see this ...male and female alike...though perhaps don't take your Mother ! Now, the biggest story of this film has probably been the graphic sex scenes. This film ranks right up there with the best of them. My girlfriend and I waited months to see this film. Though Blue is the Warmest Color, winner of the Palme d'Or at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, contains graphic depictions of sex, it is not a voyeuristic exercise but a complex, deeply intense film that elevates one young woman's personal struggle into a drama of universal relevance. The film presents a very beautiful and ultimately devastating love story that far transcends the hyped bedroom proclivities of the two main characters. Adele Exarchopoulos is simply fantastic - this is the performance of the year, really. What do American History X and Blue is the Warmest Color (La Vie d’Adèle) have in common? Maymay A Super Reviewer Blue Is the Warmest Color Directed by: Abdellatif Kechiche Written by: Abdellatif Kechiche & Ghalia Lacroix (screenplay), Julie Maroh (graphic novel) Starring: Adèle Exachopoulos, Léa Seydoux, Salim Kechiouche and Benjamin Siksou. I was surprised it took 3 hours when the film ended. The audacity of director Abdellatif Kechiche's "Blue Is The Warmest Color" lies not so much in the fact that it tells the story of a same-sex first love than in that it tells this story in what some would consider epic detail. Blue Is the Warmest Color. I certainly blinked when I found out this movie was 3 hours long, especially considering that it won the Palm d'Or where many winners have a slow and painful plot. A passionate, wrenching and genuinely complete portrait of a human being in flux. 9.3 / 10. There are countless of films about people falling in love, but when you see "Blue is the Warmest Colour". To put it in as simple terms as possible, Blue Is The Warmest Colour is a story about Adèle, a high school student who finds herself confused and troubled with her sexual identity. : Blue is the Warmest Colour is too exceptional a film about life, and. 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