Blue is the Warmest Color

Blue is the Warmest Color

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Director: Abdellatif Kechiche

Cast: Abdellatif Kechiche, Léa Seydoux, Adèle Exarchopoulos, Salim Kechiouche

     
 

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A 15-year-old finds her naïve perceptions of human sexuality challenged upon meeting a blue-haired student who encourages her to assert her individuality in director Abdel Kechiche's deeply perceptive drama. Adèle (Adèle Exarchopoulos) is in the midst of a sexual awakening when a handsome male

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A 15-year-old finds her naïve perceptions of human sexuality challenged upon meeting a blue-haired student who encourages her to assert her individuality in director Abdel Kechiche's deeply perceptive drama. Adèle (Adèle Exarchopoulos) is in the midst of a sexual awakening when a handsome male classmate strives to catch her attention. Meanwhile, Adèle's daydreams keep drifting back to Emma (Léa Seydoux), a worldly art student she ran into on the street. Later, when Adèle and Emma forge an actual connection, the uncertain younger teen discovers a side of herself that she's never known, becoming increasingly comfortable in her own skin despite the reactions of her close-minded classmates. Blue Is the Warmest Color was the recipient of the prestigious Palme d' Or at the 66th Annual Cannes Film Festival.

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All Movie Guide - Perry Seibert
Nobody likes being a teenager, and Adèle (Adèle Exarchopoulos), the young Frenchwoman at the center of Abdellatif Kechiche's ambitious drama Blue Is the Warmest Color, is no exception. She's a high-school junior searching for love, who throws herself into her studies and puts up with a gaggle of gossipy friends who are forever trying to hook her up with one of the hottest guys in school. But it turns out that, even after she ends up in a pleasant and stable relationship with that young man, she finds herself attracted to a blue-haired woman she saw on the street. When Adèle finally meets the alluring Emma (Léa Seydoux) there's an instant spark, and soon the two become inseparable. While Adèle is still finishing up high school, Emma is in art school and making plans for her career. Adèle eventually becomes not just her lover, but her subject and muse as well. However, their intense passion proves difficult to maintain, and as Adèle ages into her twenties, she struggles with how the two seem to be growing apart. Blue Is the Warmest Color came out of the 2013 Cannes Film Festival with the Palme d'Or and drew a lot of attention for its explicit lesbian sex scenes and formidable three-hour running time. While few pictures can dramatically justify lasting longer than two hours, let alone three, Kechiche -- who also adapted the screenplay with Ghalia Lacroix from Julie Maroh's graphic novel -- holds the film together because he lets the individual scenes unfold slowly. The movie is long but never dull, because it feels like the director doesn't want to miss any aspect of the key moments in Adèle's life, even as he refuses to make concessions to those with short attention spans. That attention to detail allows Exarchopoulos to deliver a powerhouse performance. Adèle is full of passion, but she keeps these powerful emotions inside her unless she has someone to direct them. Early on she shows a keen interest in literature, and she explains to her boyfriend that she loves school when she has a teacher who stokes her interest in a subject. That seems like a throwaway line, but in truth it's the spine for the entire character, and the actress finds endless permutations on how to express this central truth. Adèle seems always on the verge of tears -- whether happy or sad -- without ever once seeming like a drama queen; she feels her emotions so deeply, but she's also an introvert. That's a rich tension for any actor to throw themselves into, and Exarchopoulos explores it in ways that keep her thoroughly engaging throughout the film. She turns out to be not just an emotional teenager, but a passionate adult as well. However, she constantly needs someone else to unleash her emotions in full, and the majority of Blue Is the Warmest Color details comprehensively how her relationship with Emma runs on this dynamic. We see lengthy and frank sexual encounters between the two that are presented just as immersively as the scenes in which they meet the other's parents for the first time, or they confront each other about infidelities, or Adèle poses so that Emma can do a nude portrait of her. The movie lets you feel like you're living this relationship in real time with these characters. While that undoubtedly adds to the film's overpowering intimacy, it also leads to moments where as a viewer you're unsure exactly how much time has passed. There are hints and clues to help, but the lack of a clear timeline is the only element that takes you out of the movie. However, Adèle Exarchopoulos is always there to pull us right back into her character, and her quietly commanding lead performance melds so beautifully with Kechiche's visual approach and thematic motifs that, as the closing credits roll, you understand the complicated Adèle as well as the filmmakers do -- and that makes Blue Is the Warmest Color as pure an example of humanistic empathy as you're likely to find.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/25/2014
UPC:
0715515113915
Original Release:
2013
Rating:
NC-17
Source:
Criterion
Region Code:
1
Sound:
[DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
2:59:00
Sales rank:
2,741

Special Features

Trailer; TV spot

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Léa Seydoux Emma
Adèle Exarchopoulos Adele
Salim Kechiouche Samir
Mona Walravens Lise
Jeremie Laheurte Thomas
Alma Jodorowsky Beatrice
Catherine Salee Adele's Mother
Fanny Maurin Amelie
Benjamin Siksou Antoine
Sandor Funtek Valentin
Aurélien Recoing Actor

Technical Credits
Abdellatif Kechiche Director,Executive Producer,Screenwriter
Diana Angulo Production Manager
Jerome Chenevoy Sound/Sound Designer
Brahim Chioua Executive Producer
Laurence Clerc Producer
Sofian El Fani Cinematographer
Alcatraz Films Producer
Roxane Guiga Asst. Director
Jean-Paul Hurier Sound/Sound Designer
Ghalia Lacroix Screenwriter
Ghalia Lacroix Editor
Albertine Lastera Editor
Jean-Marie Lengellé Editor
Vincent Maraval Executive Producer
Fabien Pochet Sound Editor,Sound/Sound Designer
Olivier Thery-Lapiney Producer
Camille Toubkis Editor
Roland Voglaire Sound Editor,Sound/Sound Designer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Blue Is The Warmest Color
1. Emptiness [8:02]
2. Thomas [3:46]
3. Blue Angel [7:35]
4. Faking Everything [9:25]
5. A Great Day [7:49]
6. No Gender [6:17]
7. Curious [10:36]
8. Defined By Actions [8:44]
9. Phony Friends [6:11]
10. Preferences [6:19]
11. First Time [6:52]
12. Happiness [3:15]
13. To Love [6:52]
14. Eighteen [2:56]
15. Fooling The Family [6:56]
16. Teacher [3:07]
17. Out Of Place [18:51]
18. Feeling Alone [6:58]
19. Tensions [3:08]
20. Breakup [7:33]
21. Adrift [10:11]
22. Separate Ways [14:46]
23. Old And New [13:37]

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Blue Is the Warmest Color 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
DriedPhoenix More than 1 year ago
Love hurts in Blue Is the Warmest Color. That's why it sticks with you. A routine love story elevated by one of the year's most magnetic performances. It's perhaps the first great love story of the 21st century that could belong only to this century. An absorbing, relatable story that also achieves an intimacy and raw emotional power. A knockout star performance by 19-year-old Adèle Exarchopoulos, whose pillowy lips and guileless eyes illuminate every scene. For its intelligence, sensual daring and fecund human empathy, this film won the Palme d'Or at Cannes, and you can certainly see why. Abdellatif Kechiche's electrifying drama makes the intimate epic, turning those particulars into the fullest possible imagining of a teenage girl's life. While the director takes care to show how Adèle struggles with social pressure, hiding her sexuality from her friends and parents, that aspect never hijacks the narrative. This is a drama of self-discovery, not a social-issues film. One of the most beautiful movies.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sometimes you good a good movie, sometimes you get a great one, and then sometimes you get an amazing one that blows you away. That "one that blows you away" would be this movie. It is so real and down to earth, that it just makes you realize how much hope, desire, and life everyone has. Honestly, it is a super-awesome movie and I would recommend it highly. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a good movie. Very heart-breaking and real.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago