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Blue Is the Warmest Color (2013)Blue Is the Warmest Color (2013)

Blue Is the Warmest Color (2013)

Raw and absorbing drama with two unbelievably gripping lead performances

Drama, Romance

best
THE VERY BEST

9.0

movie

Belgium, France

English, French

Intense, Original, Thought-provoking

2013

Abdellatif Kechiche

Adèle Exarchopoulos, Alain Duclos, Alika Del Sol

180 min

Synopsis

Adèle's life is changed when she meets Emma, a young woman with blue hair, who will allow her to discover desire, to assert herself as a woman and as an adult. In front of others, Adele grows, seeks herself, loses herself, finds herself.

Our Take

9.0
Melanie

More simply called La Vie d’Adèle in its native language, this French coming-of-age movie was hugely successful when it came out and was probably one of the most talked-about films of the time. On the one hand, the usual puritans came to the fore, criticizing the lengthy and graphic sex scenes. On the other hand, Julie Maroh, who wrote the source material that inspired the script, denounced Franco-Tunisian filmmaker Abdellatif Kechiche for directing with his d*ck, if you don’t mind me saying so, while also being an on-set tyrant. Whatever you make of this in hindsight, the only way to know is to watch this powerfully acted drama about the titular Adèle (Adèle Exarchopoulos), and her infatuation with Emma, a free-spirited girl with blue hair, played by Léa Seydoux. The film beautifully and realistically portrays Adele’s evolution from a teenage high-school girl to a grown, confident woman. As their relationship matures, so does Adèle, and she slowly begins to outgrow her sexual and philosophical mentor. Whatever your final verdict on the controversial sex scene, Blue Is the Warmest Color is without doubt an outstanding film as are the performances from Exarchopoulos and Séydoux.

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pillowgrim

Intense is a good description. Their love is impulsive and passionate – aggressive and lustful. As a young bisexual woman I could really see myself in the curious and searching nature of Adele. This would be one of my favorite films if it had not been for the bitter aftertaste I got after reading how the lead actresses were treated on set..

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Lilly Schmidt

best and most real love movie ive seen so far

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