Blue is the Warmest Colour (2013) Film Review


What is it about?

 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.

What did I think?

Everybody remembers their first love – That giddy, exhilarating and passionate sunny time in our lives where we felt utterly invincible.
Blue is the Warmest Colour captures all those feelings wonderfully- passion, love, exhilaration, anger, lust, sadness – it’s all here in this 172 minute coming-of-age romance film and man is it beautifully executed.

Adele Exarchopoulos and Lea Seydoux turn in some brave and brilliant performance here as Adele and Emma, the two women who fall in love and embark on a passionate journey .
Much has been said about these two gifted actresses but I just want to throw in my two cents by saying that these performances are beautifully acted, raw and completely engaging

Abdellatif Kechiche had a hand in the screenplay along with Ghalia Lacroix and I’ve got to say – the screenplay is just terrific. There’s really not a filler moment. Nothing needs a trim, every scene is vital, every scene works to capture the passion of the life of these two women.

The same could be said about the directorial style – the camera lingers on just the right moment, the performances from the cast are top notch. Every little beat and moment worked for me — and then I hear about complaints about the production of the crew about Kechiche’s methods and that’s a little disheartening. Still, the work here is marvellous.

I suppose you’ve heard about the explicit sex scenes? Oh they’re very passionate indeed – they actually serve to try and capture that lightening in the bottle of how you might feel with a first love, that sort of thing. I think it works. It’s quite beautiful and beautifully shot.
Do they need to be as lengthy as they are? Well, probably not.
A shorter scene could’ve made the same statement without going overboard.

All up, I think what you’ve got here is a moving and raw portrayal about a relationship and one that’s quite effective behind and in front of the camera.
Whether you want to see it is entirely up to how you view the subject matter but I think the themes that it tackles are universal and it’s quite a well made film.

☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

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