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Blue Is The Warmest Color Director: Abdellatif Kechiche Writer(s): Julie Maroh, Abdellatif Kechiche, Ghalia Lacroix Cast: Léa Seydoux, Adèle Exarchopoulos, Salim Kechiouche Awards: Lea Seydoux – Breakthrough Performer, Abdellatif Kechiche – FIPRESCI Prize, Kechiche/Adèle Exarchopoulos Exarchopoulos, Lea Seydoux – Palme d’Or Language: French
Blues is the warmest color or La vie D’Adele (in the original tittle) is definetly one of the most controversial movies that reached the cinemas last autumn. It made sensation at Cannes Film Festival, was awarded with Palm d’Or for its director and actresses and got nominated for BAFTA Awards and Cezar Awards.
So with all the this baggage behind, I entered the BAFTA Cinema last weekend (the perks of living in London :P). I didn’t knew what to expect from this movie but what drove me there was the curiosity to see how an LGBTQ topic is approached. The story takes place in Lille, a wonderful city North of France and we follow Adele and Emma’s love story from the first kiss to the agony of heartbreak. It is a life and love story between two souls.
I was deeply impressed on how the two main actresses played their roles. No make-up, no fancy clothes, no glamorous sets, to hide behind. It’s just pure acting and they do it so much conviction. It’s clear the director worked them hard during the filming, but they delivered! There are definitely very hard scenes to handle for the audience and for the actresses as well – for example a 5min long sex scene between the Adele and Emma, full of passion, tension, and tenderness, but the length of the scene I admit was at some point a bit uncomfortable to see in a cinema room. Uncomfortable I say because I cannot help but question the how these scenes reiterate certain stereotypes about the lesbian community. I was reading the other day that these intimate scenes raised a lot of personal questions for Lea and Adele in terms of questioning their own sexuality.
For me this movie is a journey – the journey of Adele who discovers who she is, exploring her sexuality, the issues of “coming-out” as a lesbian, the beautiful and ugly parts of relationships, the heartbreak. These are things we all go through when we are young and not only. This is life.
Have you seen La vie d’Adele ?! I’m curious to see how you perceived it, would be lovely if you could share 🙂