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Sunday, November 24, 2013

Blue Is the Warmest Color (La Vie d'Adèle – Chapitres 1 & 2) by Abdellatif Kechiche, 2013 (NC-17)

with Adèle Exarchopoulos, Léa Seydoux, Jérémie Laheurte, Catherine Salée, Aurélien Recoing, Sandor Funtek, Salim Kechiouche

15-year-old Adèle aspires to become a teacher, but her life is turned upside down when she meets Emma, a blue-haired art student at a nearby college, who instigates a romance.
The film is based on the 2010 French graphic novel Blue Angel ("Le Bleu est une couleur chaude") by Julie Maroh.

I guess it would take me more time to really be objective about this movie. But lets talk about it. It is a three-hour long movie, that feels like it is incomplete, we could have spent an hour or two more watching it. The pain that portrays Adèle (Adèle Exarchopoulos) is so universal, and she is so stuck in it, deep... you cannot avoid relating. It is beautifully real, time in high school in the 90s, teaching elementary school and preschool, demonstrations on the street to protect the public school system, all this France I grew up in, the lifestyle, the conversations, the lack of them. It felt like home. I guess the perspective must be different if you are not born in the 80s in suburb France and growing up there... Still, from what I heard, everyone is pretty much addicted to the story.
The sex scene, ok, lets comment on it, just for the sake of putting an end to the debate which sadly takes too much space. It is long, a bit uncomfortable, perhaps shorter would have been better, the message is definitely the need they both had to share each others' intensity. It is shot in an objective way, which makes it a bit emotionless, and the actresses are not so much about their mutual love but about an appetite. The scene that told me more about their desire is the one in the cafe, when they meet again, far more complex, a masterpiece.

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