Cert: 18 Runtime: 179 mins Director: Abdellatif Kechiche Cast: Léa Seydoux and Adèle Exarchopoulos
French cinema is something I adore very much, it all really sparked from the three colours trilogy. When I heard of a three hour film epic about love you know you need to see it.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. A handsome male classmate falls for her hard, but an unsettling erotic reverie upsets the romance before it begins. Adèle imagines that the mysterious, blue-haired girl she encountered in the street slips into her bed and possesses her with an overwhelming pleasure. That blue-haired girl is a confident older art student named Emma (Léa Seydoux), who will soon enter Adèle’s life for real, making way for an intense and complicated love story that spans a decade and is touchingly universal in its depiction.I just want to start off by saying this is an amazing film about young love that is actually honest with its audience. There are countless of films about people falling in love, but when you see “Blue is the Warmest Color”. You realize just how rare films are that make a sincere attempt to catch what it really is like to fall for someone, without sentimentality, forced cuteness or cheap emotional manipulation.
This is the rare love story that has real emotional truth about it. The fact that it is about two women who fall for each other is almost secondary to the way the film catches the universality of what it is like to fall in love and maintain the relationship. “Blue is the Warmest Color is a naturalistic and touching film, whether you’re gay, straight, bisexual, or whatever orientation. This is a film that can give you relationship advice and life guidance no matter what your orientation may be. It isn’t an indulgent film bringing only a unique gay relationship to light and nothing more, and it isn’t an ode to “coming out” and stockpiled clichés of “being different.” It shows how an interaction with a person can have a truly provocative impact on you as a person.The struggles between the two lovers is depicted in breathtaking detail. The director masterfully captures all of the turmoil and hardship going on between Adele’s and Emma’s relationship. The movie’s long running time does not effect the film at all because you are so immersed into their characters. This movie is ultimately about Adele and her struggles to find her true self. The transformation that she experiences is utterly engrossing to watch.
The film’s nearly three hour running time is devoted to showing the growth of her character and it is absolutely amazing to watch it unfold right in front of your eyes. The conversations are heartfelt, and the pain is evident and shared. It’s realism of the world we live in is honest and raw.The movie owes so much of it’s emotional power to its two fantastic actresses. They really bring it their all in this. I’ve never had doubts of these two performances, the characters felt like real people and you felt so much for their relationship. Their emotional hardships feel completely real. The character’s flaws and insecurities feel so authentic because you actually believe them as real human beings. We never lose sight of their chemistry and devotion to one another, even in the most difficult of times. The two of them are like fireworks, waiting to explode out. I cannot recommend this film enough to those of you out there who are interested in seeing this. This is one of the wisest and least condescending films I’ve seen this year. I congratulate the director, Abdellatif Kechiche and the two actresses, Adele Exarchopoulos and Lea Seydoux for an emotional and spiritual journey that had me compelled to the screen for 179 glorious minutes.