|BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOR (LA VIE D'ADELE) (director/writer: Abdellatif Kechiche; screenwriters: Ghalya Lacroix/adapted from “Le Bleu Est une Couleur Chaude” by Julie Maroh; cinematographer: Sofian El Fani; editors: Albertine Lastera/Camille Toubkis/Jean-Marie Lengellé /Ms. Lacroix; cast: Léa Seydoux (Emma), Adèle Exarchopoulos (Adèle), Salim Kechiouche (Samir), Mona Walravens (Lise), Jérémie Laheurte (Thomas), Alma Jodorowsky (Béatrice), Sandor Funtek (Valentin); Runtime: 179; MPAA Rating: NC-17; producers: Alcatraz Films/Olivier Thery Lapiney/ Laurence Clerc; Sundance Selects; 2013-France/Belgium/Spain-in French with English subtitles)|
coming-of-age lesbian drama, that makes you
care about its young heroine."
by Dennis Schwartz
French director Abdellatif Kechiche ("The
Secret of the Grain"/"Games of Love
and Chance"/"Black Venus") directs this bold
coming-of-age lesbian drama, that makes you care
about its young heroine and her search for happiness.
It tastefully and artfully dodges sensationalism, and
therebytook home the top prize at Cannes. Co-writers
Kechiche and Ghalya Lacroix adapt it
from the 2010 graphic novel “Le Bleu Est une Couleur
Chaude” by Julie Maroh.
Warning: spoiler in next
goes into depth covering the relationship between
Lille-residing underage 15-year-old high school
student Adèle (Adèle
Exarchopoulos, 19-year-old), who comes
from a conservative blue-collar family, and the
older, twenty-something blue haired and more
cultured, sexually experienced and mature
college art student Emma (Léa
Seydoux, 28-year-old). Adèle
encounters Emma in a gay bar, and the senior partner
initiates the younger girl into her first lesbian
affair. The story follows them through an up and
down relationship that stretches out to a decade,
where they have great intimate sex (the heart of the
film). But when Adèle grows
lonely after ignored by the career-minded Emma
and has casual sex a few times with a male
teacher colleague, Emma kicks the tearful Adèle
out of her flat and calls her a lying slut.
gets caught in an ingrained class system that
keeps her out of Emma's high-brow bohemian art
world, as she settles into a conventional
teaching career of young children--a profession
she always wanted.
Exarchopoulos and Seydoux shared the acting prize at Cannes for their heartfelt performances, that included graphic intimate lesbian sexual scenes.
REVIEWED ON 12/4/2013 GRADE: A-
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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