Blue Is the Warmest Colour is an upcoming French romance film that won the Palme d’Or at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival and is the first film that was awarded the prize to the director and the main actresses. Blue Is the Warmest Colour is the story of 15-year-old Adele (Adèle Exarchopoulos) who aspires to become a teacher until her life is turned upside when she meets Emma (Léa Seydoux), a blue-haired art student at a nearby college and they start a beautiful romance. Check out what a critic has to say about this new film below:
“Blue Is the Warmest Colour – A Beautiful Masterpiece About Sexual Awakening, Breaking and Discovery
Rain beat down (again!) on the press queuing outside for an evening screening of Abdellatif Kechiche’s La vie d’Adèle (Blue Is the Warmest Color) Wednesday at Cannes, while poker-faced security guards stared down from their dry, awning-covered perch at the top of the steps.
“This better be good,” I griped to a colleague, as critics booed and hissed in a vain attempt to shame the gatekeepers into letting us in.
But by the time the three-hour film was underway, with more than 2,000 damp journalists sitting in rapt silence, all was forgiven and forgotten.
In what has been a strong competition (with works from the Coen brothers, Jia Zhangke, and François Ozon among standouts), Blue Is the Warmest Color all but towers above the rest: based on a graphic novel by Julie Maroh about a teenage girl who falls in love with a slightly older woman, it’s a shattering masterpiece about sexual awakening, heartbreak, and self-discovery.
The French-Tunisian Kechiche stumbled with his last film, Black Venus, never finding a convincing way into very tricky material (the true story of an African woman brought to Europe to be displayed as a freak-show attraction). But before that, he made two of the best French films in recent memory, Games of Love & Chance and The Secret of the Grain, both vibrant, novelistic examinations of a multi-ethnic France too rarely brought to the big screen.
His brilliantly acted, intensely erotic new film is his greatest achievement yet, the director so fully enveloping the viewer in his protagonist’s world, mind, and emotions that I stumbled out of the screening dizzy, exhilarated, and shaken.
Blue Is the Warmest Color covers six years in the life of Adèle (Adèle Exarchopoulos, little known now, but not for long), who, at the film’s start is a quiet 17-year-old high schooler living with her middle-class parents outside the northern French city of Lille. The story’s catalyst comes in the alluring, blue-haired form of Emma (Léa Seydoux, whose star has now officially risen), a lesbian graduate student and artist from a loving, bourgeois-bohemian family.
The film serves as confirmation that Kechiche, with his interest in people living on the margins of modern France (North African immigrants and their children, inner city youth, and, here, gays, lesbians, and bisexuals), is French cinema’s greatest observer of human behavior—and of French society in all its complexities and contradictions.”
The rest of the review can be read at The Atlantic by clicking here:
Blue Is the Warmest Colour is directed by Abdellatif Kechiche and is scheduled to have a limited screening on October 25th 2013.
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