Dir. Abdellatif Kechiche, 2013, France, Belgium, Spain. 175 min. Color, DCP.
With Léa Seydoux, Adèle Exarchopoulos, Salim Kechiouche
In French with English subtitles
Palme d’Or Award to Abdellatif Kechiche, Adèle Exarchopoulos, and Léa Seydoux — Cannes Film Festival 2013
Toronto International Film Festival 2013
New York Film Festival 2013
Adèle (Adèle Exarchopoulos), a passionate young woman, has a yearning she doesn’t quite understand until a chance encounter with the blue-haired Emma (Léa Seydoux in a fearless performance) ignites a flame and brings her to life. Abdellatif Kechiche’s intimate epic of tenderness and passion charts their relationship over the course of several years, from the ecstasy of a first kiss to the agony of heartbreak.
Pulsing with gestures, embraces, furtive exchanges, and arias of joy and devastation, Blue is the Warmest Color is a profoundly moving hymn to both love and life.
“NYT Critic’s Pick — ‘Blue Is the Warmest Color’ is a feverish, generous, exhausting love story, the chronicle of a young woman’s passage from curiosity to heartbreak by way of a wrenching and blissful attachment to another, slightly older woman.” — A.O. Scott, The New York Times
“Masterful ‘Blue Is The Warmest Color’ is the sublime story of a transformative relationship.” — Jessica Kiang, IndieWire