Blue Is the Warmest Colour
La vie d'Adèle
France, 2013, 179 minutes
Blue Is the Warmest Colour Synopsis

Adele's life is changed when she meets Emma, a young woman with blue hair, who will allow her to discover desire, to assert herself as a woman and as an adult. In front of others, Adele grows, seeks herself, loses herself, finds herself.


Palme D'Or, Cannes Film Festival 2013

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Reviewed by yasminomar
Blue is the warmest colour is a searingly beautiful portrait of a young woman’s burgeoning sexuality. After a somewhat disappointing relationship with Thomas, schoolgirl Adèle meets artist Emma and experiences... more
Blue is the warmest colour is a searingly beautiful portrait of a young woman’s burgeoning sexuality. After a somewhat disappointing relationship with Thomas, schoolgirl Adèle meets artist Emma and experiences the ‘love at first sight’ that she had only before encountered in novels. Against the backdrop of France’s polemic same-sex marriage law, their romance blossoms through discussions of existentialism and trips to art galleries. Kechiche’s film explodes heteronormative codes whilst raising thought-provoking questions about social class, with contrasting depictions of the bourgeoisie (incarnated by Emma) and the proletariat (as shown by Adèle). It should come as no surprise that this magnificent coming-of-age tale clinched the Palme d’Or in 2013, largely thanks to the leading actresses’ stunning performances. Adèle Exarchopoulos – shot in a relentless series of extreme close-ups – constitutes Blue is the warmest colour’s beating heart, transforming the film into a powerful meditation on love and loss. A must see.
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Reviewed by amyfaulkner
An astounding emotional journey of a film which has left even cast and director at loggerheads. The film follows the love story of the student-turned teacher Adèle and artist Emma... more
An astounding emotional journey of a film which has left even cast and director at loggerheads. The film follows the love story of the student-turned teacher Adèle and artist Emma (Adèle Exarchopoulos and Léa Seydoux) although the main focus of the film is Adèle who does, without a doubt, steal the limelight. From her underwhelming relationship at the beginning to her newfound lesbian infatuation with Emma comes the discovery of true love, a love which is raw and passionate, intense but not sustainable. Even in love we learn that loneliness is never far from hand, ready to strike at even the slightest change in circumstance. Adèle's messy tears are the end to more than one scene in this film.
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