Explosive, explicit, and profoundly empathic, Abdellatif Kechiche’s loose adaptation of Julie Maroh’s 2010 graphic novel is one of the best representations of the agony and ecstasy of falling in love. When high-school junior Adèle (Adèle Exarchopoulos) first spots Emma (Léa Seydoux), a slightly older, proudly out beaux-arts university student, on the street, she is immediately smitten. Shortly after they reencounter each other at a lesbian club—which Adèle, still questioning her sexuality, has wandered into out of curiosity—the two young women begin a passionate, all-consuming romance. Kechiche closely traces the arc of Adèle and Emma’s tumultuous relationship: from the intoxicating bliss of their initial emotional and physical connection to the irrevocable devastation wrought by shattered trust and gnawing insecurities. Giving us a richer understanding of the couple’s dissolution, Kechiche intelligently explores the ways that the differences in socioeconomic status and career ambition that mark Adèle, who is training to be a nursery-school teacher, and Emma, fiercely determined to land her first painting exhibition, may have played a part in their sundering. But this achingly romantic film also reminds us how indelible the imprint of first love—and first heartbreak—remains.
Blue is the Warmest Color is too exceptional a film to be defined by its controversy.
—Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail
An astounding, complex film about the ecstasy, the danger and the beauty of love.
—Tom Long, Detroit News
Abdellatif Kechiche, Ghalia Lacroix, from the graphic novel by Julie Maroh
Adèle: Adèle Exarchopoulos
Emma: Léa Seydoux
Palme d’Or and International Critics’ Prizes – Cannes Film Festival (2013); Most Promising Actress, Adèle Exarchopoulos – César Awards (2014)
RUNNING TIME 179 min
PRODUCTION France, 2013
FORMAT(S) DCP, Blu-ray, and DVD
$350 to $500 pending format
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