Pre-publication book reviews and features keeping readers and industry influencers in the know since 1933. Blue is the Warmest Color triumphantly revealed love in the extremes, both in its beauty and in its monstrosity. He frequently frames Exarchopoulos in particular so as to accentuate the post-adolescent ripeness of her beauty. A handsome male classmate falls for her, but an unsettling erotic reverie upsets the romance before it begins. “Blue Is the Warmest Color,” Abdellatif Kechiche’s long, sprawling, boldly immersive coming-of-age drama, works just this sort of magic. Neither gives off the slightest hint of working to achieve or inhabit an emotional effect. Film. The cockeyed open-heartedness of Kechiche's conception yields a girl-meets-girl-and-so-on story of three hours. As the two lovers go, inevitably, out of the state of white-hot attraction and voraciousness and into a domesticity that presents the typical, and typically ugly, problems that an acolyte/ingénue arrangement presents, Adèle seems to grow up before the viewer's eyes in a way that makes Emma's self-possessed confidence look kind of complacent. Soon after that they're discovering each other's keys to sensual ecstasy, in the movie's already much-talked-about sex scenes. Blue Is the Warmest Colour should, by all rights, be a bit of a struggle. You may have heard lots of things about this film, but the most important thing to know is that "Blue Is the Warmest Color" is a masterpiece, the first … I am loath to give away the plot details that some say constitute spoilers, but on the other hand, as I said up front, this is a story of first love, and all stories of first love wind up somehow as stories of first love betrayed. Director Abdellatif Kechiche gets amazing performances out of two young actresses and gives the viewer a lot to think about. In the aftermath of viewing, this strikes one as odd. Julie Maroh, who wrote the original graphic novel, dismissed Kechiche's adaptation as a straight person's fantasy of gay love. Kechiche sketches this out by having Emma bring Adèle around for dinner with her mum and stepdad. As it happens, that's not the thing that starts to drive the lovers apart. Its multi-chambered heart is certainly in one or two of the right places, let's say. Teens, though, are unlikely to have the patience to sit through three hours of extended literature- and philosophy-class discussions or the equally … Read Blue Is the Warmest Color reviews from parents on Common Sense Media. But suggestions that he got a little carried away here are not totally nuts. And when Emma's art career takes off, Kechiche shows how she is starting inexorably to outgrow Adèle, and yet it is Adèle who develops a kind of emotional maturity that Emma, the increasingly smug careerist, can't match. Directed by Abdellatif Kechiche, this finely detailed, intimate epic sensitively renders the erotic abandon of youth. As with other entries in the actor turned director’s filmography, his latest masterpiece sports a lofty running time, at nearly three hours … The two women meet when Adéle is about to finish high school, and Emma has started college. As for Kechiche, his feelings about that last-minute requirement to share the Palme with his two actors can only be guessed at – and the same goes for their feelings about his feelings. Kechiche has a sense of rapture that extends to all the human senses; Adèle and Emma, in the first throes of romance, eat as much, and as ravenously, as they make love, and there's particular attention given to Emma teaching Adèle how to appreciate oysters. Blue Is the Warmest Color was released in 2013 and has generally received very positive reviews. Blue Is the Warmest Color 2013 ★★★★½ Rewatched Nov 06 , 2016 LauraBirnbaum’s review published on Letterboxd: But I think that the impact of the movie increases with a second viewing, and my own objections about the lovers' ferocious "confrontation" scene have been answered. First loves are always the same and always different. Glenn Kenny was the chief film critic of Premiere magazine for almost half of its existence. His Palme d’Or-winning Blue Is the Warmest Color, based on Julie Maroh’s acclaimed graphic novel, is beholden to a less multi-ethnic premise, but it hums just as vibrantly in its articulation of the refulgent sense of electric connectivity that would seem to forever bind two women when they catch sight of each other while crossing a busy city street. Its original French title is perhaps a better guide: La Vie d'Adèle Chapitres 1 et 2. 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. Blue is the warmest color is a super strong drama about love and passion. Blue is the Color of My True Love’s Hair: Kechiche Takes Us Deep Sea, Baby. Review: Before Turning Histrionic, Uncle Frank Is a Tender Look at Outsider Kinship. 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. To paraphrase Woody Allen, if it doesn't make the rest of your life look like a massive letdown then you're not doing it right. ‘Blue is the Warmest Color’ by Julie Maroh. 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 … As Kechiche shows, that is a bad sign. Led by this internal dissent, the film's critical tide may be slowing, if not turning. Movie reviews for Blue Is The Warmest Color. The most explicit scene lasts nearly 7 minutes. It no longer looks melodramatic, but rather the icy and violent culmination of a hitherto invisible disconnect between the two women. This long romance is affecting in spite of Abdellatif Kechiche’s direction, not because of it, and that’s never more apparent than during its much-discussed explicit sex scene. The movie's final sequence is heart-stoppingly ambiguous. Then there's the ostensible "male gaze" issue. As a heterosexual male myself I am of, well, several minds about this. As for the much discussed sex scene, I predicted earlier this year that some sophisticates would claim to find it "boring". In any event, this sort of thing is exactly what sets off the most stimulating kinds of post-moviegoing discussions. Oddly, after going to great pains to establish the homophobia of Adèle's high-school could-become-mean-girl chums, Kechiche doesn't depict the way it might have deposited any fallout in Adèle's life as she moves from school to apprenticeship teaching; nor, after showing a "we're just study friends" dinner at which Adèle introduces Emma to her parents, do we see any of Adele's family life after she moves in with Emma. “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). The second charge, that it is exploitative or inauthentic, is also naive. The cockeyed open-heartedness of Kechiche's conception yields a girl-meets-girl-and-so-on story of three hours. The movie's transportive quality lies almost entirely with its lead actresses. What a passionate film it is. The love story “Blue Is the Warmest Color” was written, produced and directed by Abdellatif Kechiche. ... BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOR. (There are echoes here, oddly enough, of Claude Chabrol's little-seen 1990 adaptation of Henry Miller's "Quiet Days In Clichy," starring Andrew McCarthy.). They aren't hours that fly by, either, nor are they meant to; Kechiche, who as it happens is here adapting a graphic novel by Julie Maroh, intends for his viewers to luxuriate and/or empathize in and on particular details. Matt reviews Abdellatif Kechiche's Blue Is the Warmest Color starring Adèle Exarchopoulos and Lea Seydoux. The breakout 2013 film Blue is the Warmest Color has been lauded as one of the most passionate, devastating love stories in recent memory. The acting, especially of the lead actress who we follow throughout these three hours, is astonishing! ... Clementine is 15 in 1994 when she sees a beautiful young woman with blue hair crossing the plaza. This drama was never supposed to celebrate the equality of their romantic good faith. There is no secret about their relationship, and they stylishly have oysters. Review: The Croods: A New Age Is a Step Up that Still Leaves You Wanting More. [ This is a re-post of my review … The Times critic A. O. Scott reviews "Blue is the Warmest Color." Emma is always the senior, dominant partner: better educated, more worldly and higher up the social scale. Yes, Kechiche is a male depicting lesbian love; and yes, he's a heterosexual male depicting lesbian love enacted between two very attractive actresses. Léa Seydoux (l.) is an art school grad student and Adèle Exarchopoulos is a confused 15-year-old when they meet in "Blue Is the Warmest Color." The explicit sex certainly grabs the attention, but Blue Is the Warmest Color offers the adult viewer a great deal more to ponder. I highly recommend it to all readers especially teenagers on up. Their love is cooling. Big success in the film business often means opening a can of worms along with the champagne. (There's a scene in the movie where Emma and Adèle admire the perfect female posteriors in marble at a museum that suggests Kechiche's potential apologia: that everyone should be able to appreciate a beautiful derriere.). 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. And once Adèle really finds Emma (Léa Seydoux), in a lesbian bar, it's not long before the student and the soon-to-be artiste begin having intense, soul-searching conversations on a soon-to-be-iconic (for Adele) park bench. So much so that one isn't much bothered by the material that Kechiche elides in his long film. He has written for a host of other publications and resides in Brooklyn. 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 the film’s strengths and weaknesses. Blue Is the Warmest Color is so thoughtful on love, LGBT issues, and works as both a coming of age graphic novel and a romance novel. Blue Is the Warmest Colour really is an outstanding film and the performances from Exarchopoulos and Séydoux make other people's acting look very weak. Servant Returns to Clean Up the Chaos of Season One, START TV Continues My Start Story Campaign Amidst Pandemic. The notion that they can each go on to find a better or richer experience is illusory. When Emma meets Adèle's conservative folks, however, the food is humbler – spag bol – and Emma has to pretend to have a boyfriend. It was released too late in French theaters to be eligible for a 2014 foreign-language Oscar. Indeed, it would be reductive to slap an exclusive gay-interest label on “Blue Is the Warmest Color,” a bildungsroman and first-love story whose deep and … And once the hurting starts, the performances grow more wondrous and sad. It’s a French romance-drama weighing in at almost three hours and featuring more dialogue than you could shake a … It is fictional. 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. [ This is a re-post of my review … Here is Emma and Adèle's moment, the definitive blaze. Blue is the Warmest Color centers on a 15-year-old girl named Adèle (Adèle Exarchopoulos) who is climbing to adulthood and dreams of experiencing her first love. Adèle, played by Exarchopoulos, is the sympathetic centre of the story, a schoolgirl at the beginning and a teacher by the end: the two chapters of innocence and experience. 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. Abdellatif Kechiche's epic film evokes love in its purest and most passionate form – intense, cataclysmic and unforgettable. Blue Is the Warmest Color, the Palme d’Or winning drama about Adèle and the woman she meets next, brims with honesty and affection for its subject. Blue Is the Warmest Colour is the only mainstream film so far to treat a lesbian affair on equal terms with a heterosexual one. Watching Blue is the Warmest Color provides viewers with that rarest of motion picture opportunities: the ability to lose oneself in the life of another for three hours and to emerge having felt something. Maymay A Super Reviewer For his latest film, Abdellatif Kechiche returns to themes of love and maturation with Blue Is the Warmest Colour (La Vie d’Adele, Chapters 1&2), based on the graphic novel by Julie Maroh. 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. Watched it in three parts spread over several days. “ 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 is an alright work that has, at its center, an interesting examination of a common story. BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOR is an abhorrent French drama about a torrid lesbian affair between a young artist and a young teacher. The 2 women kiss passionately and strip nude, and suck on each others breasts. Author: Paige Cohen October 24, 2013. While this epic didn’t blow me away as Weekend did, it certainly was a fascinating, intelligent work that justifies its 3-hour length on an intellectual level, even if not an emotional one. Director: Abdellatif Kechiche. Matt reviews Abdellatif Kechiche's Blue Is the Warmest Color starring Adèle Exarchopoulos and Lea Seydoux. And it isn't as if Kechiche is Max Hardcore, for heaven's sake. Become a member to write your own review. The are multiple explicit love scenes between two women with graphic nudity. Run time: 179 minutes. As Adéle turns 17 or 18 (the movie isn’t quite clear), the two young women begin a torrid lesbian affair. Online reviewers have written 995 reviews, giving Blue Is the Warmest Color (2013) an average rating of 79%. FILM REVIEW 'Blue is the Warmest Color' 3 ½ stars (out of 4) Cast: Adele Exarchopoulos, Lea Seydoux, Sandor Funtek, Salim Kechiouche. By Kristin M. Jones in the November-December 2013 Issue. Review by Philipp Frank ★★★ That was long and intense! 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. When the love affair starts, Emma has blue hair; as it proceeds, the blue colour grows out. That night, the woman figures in an erotic dream, and her world is rocked. Blue Is the Warmest Color is an alright work that has, at its center, an interesting examination of a common story. MRQE Metric: See what the critics had to say and watch the trailer. 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 … At TIFF 2013, Matt reviews Abdellatif Kechiche's Blue Is the Warmest Color starring Adele Exarchopoulos. First Kechiche throws the viewer into the world of Adèle (Adèle Exarchopolous), a wide-eyed high-school beauty who should, by the standards of her classmates, be wowing the boys, but instead almost breaks the heart of the one fellow she experimentally dates. It is no more authentic or inauthentic than any sex scene, or washing-up scene, or checking-in-at-the-airport scene. Adèle imagines that the mysterious, blue-haired girl she encountered. Seydoux and Exarchopoulos have since said he was oppressive, intrusive, and even tyrannical in the demands he made, especially in the extended explicit sex scene, which took fully 10 days to shoot. Feeling no spark with him, or any other guys, she fixates on a blue-haired older girl she sees on the streets of her provincial French town. If "Blue is the Warmest Color" is not a masterpiece, and I don't think it is, it's certainly a provocation, but not a puerile one. Yet the point is surely that there is no guarantee that either Adèle or Emma will ever find anything as good ever again. Having a healthy "love" for the female form, one may sensibly argue, is not the same thing as leering at it. Noir City: International 2020. Review: Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom Is a … The Times critic A. O. Scott reviews "Blue is the Warmest Color." When we first meet Adele, she's a junior in high … Blue Is the Warmest Colour really is an outstanding film and the performances from Exarchopoulos and Séydoux make other people's acting look very weak. A handsome male classmate falls for her, but an … Read his answers to our Movie Love Questionnaire here. 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 … A good-looking boy who likes her is rewarded with a brief relationship, but he is merely John the Baptist to the imminent Christ: Emma, played by Séydoux, a twentysomething art student. The romantic spark between them is a lightning bolt. Adèle (Adèle Exarchopoulos), a young schoolteacher who is feeling her way through early adulthood and her first … Blue Is the Warmest Color review. But the jury and its president, Steven Spielberg, insisted the prize should be accepted not only by the director, Franco-Tunisian film-maker Abdellatif Kechiche, but also by his two young stars, Léa Seydoux and Adèle Exarchopoulos. While there have been plenty of movie romances not unlike this, there's never been one told in such an ambitiously immersive way. If you like this, also read The Fault in Our Stars or This One Summer. This isn't young love or first love, it is love: as cataclysmic and destructive and sensual and unforgettable as the real thing must always be. At the outset, Exarchopoulos's Adèle is a shy, smart high-schooler who finds that she is lonely and tentative in her social life. They are committed to their roles to a degree that could be called exuberant. It was powerful and gripping in its honesty and fearlessness. The sequence certainly strikes me as uncompromising and less exploitative than any smug softcore romcom or mainstream thriller in which women's implied sexual availability is casually served up as part of the entertainment, although I will concede one tiny moment of misjudgment: when Emma is painting a nude of Adèle (unfortunately like Leo and Kate in Titanic) and the camera travels up her naked body. The Palme d'Or at this year's Cannes film festival went to the epic and erotic love story Blue Is the Warmest Colour. 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 … Review: Blue Is the Warmest Color. 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. First loves are always the same and always different.

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