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Blue Is the Warmest Color(La Vie d'Adèle - Chapitres 1 et 2)

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France, Belgium, Spain · 2013
Rated NC-17 · 3h 0m
Director Abdellatif Kechiche
Starring Adèle Exarchopoulos, Léa Seydoux, Salim Kechiouche, Aurélien Recoing
Genre Drama, Romance

High schooler Adèle's life is changed when she meets Emma, a young woman with blue hair who allows her to discover desire and to assert herself. As their relationship matures, Adèle must navigate social acceptance and her own emotions.

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Melanie Greenberg Profile picture for Melanie Greenberg

For better or for worse, this film has an established place in the queer film canon. For many, it was the first exposure to a lesbian relationship portrayed on screen. But, moving forward, it is important that we as viewers grasp the distinction between representation and fetishization. The treatment the lead actresses endured on set, especially during sex scenes is entirely unacceptable and we must express that in what kind of art we choose to consume. Anyone curious about this should read about the staging of sex scenes in Park Chan-Wook's, The Handmaiden, and the care and respect the actresses were given.

What are critics saying?


Slant Magazine by Ed Gonzalez

Abdellatif Kechiche reveals through his sense of composition, and collaboration with his remarkable actresses, a sensitivity to emotional nuance that's striking.


The Playlist by Jessica Kiang

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.


The Hollywood Reporter by Jordan Mintzer

Less concerned with classic storytelling than with creating virtual performance pieces on screen, the film features dozens of extended sequences of Adele and Emma both in and out of bed—scenes that are virtuously acted and directed, even if they run on for longer than most filmmakers would allow.


The Guardian by Peter Bradshaw

It's a long movie, and by the end you may well feel every bit as wrung out as the characters. But it is genuinely passionate film-making.

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