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BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOUR (review)

la_vie_dadele_ver2BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOUR
Written by Abdellatif Kechiche and Ghalia Lacroix
Directed by Abdellatif Kechiche
Starring Adele Exarchopoulos and Lea Seydoux
 

Bar patron: Love has no gender. Take whoever loves you.

A three-hour, epic love story between two women that spans about a decade and features some of the most graphic sex I’ve certainly ever seen on film, may not sound like everyone’s cup of tea. I can already see the resistance forming toward BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOUR; the length will be far too demanding for some and the frankness of the sexuality will unnecessarily make others feel uneasy before they even see it. And did I mention that it’s French and that it’s subtitled too? Whatever the reason behind it, it would be a shame to miss this incredibly fine film and the two fierce performances that it features. You would be missing a masterpiece.

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To the contrary, I can see the film’s controversy attracting a great deal of curiosity as well. That said, audiences seeking out a tittalating experience will not be disappointed, per se; there is plenty of intensely convincing sex to be seen. There is also two and a half hours of conversation to get through to get to the sex, with topics ranging from self discovery, to art and philosophy, to learning how to let go. When Adele (Adele Exarchopoulos) meets Emma (Lea Seydoux) her first time out in a lesbian bar, there is an instant connection shared between them that is both physical and cerebral. By the time the two find themselves naked with each other, their passion is electrifying, but not just because of their shared beauty, but more so because of their incredible chemistry together as actresses.

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Writer/Director, Abdellatif Kechiche has crafted an engaging and moving exploration of love, from its blissful onset to its meandering middle and finally to its eternally unfinished  conclusion. His refusal to look away from every moment of their journey, no matter how erotic or how difficult, fosters so much unsettling honesty on screen, which makes BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOUR simply unforgettable.

4.5

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One Comment

  1. You had me sold at “Love has no gender. Take whoever loves you.” I cannot wait for this.

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