Blue Is the Warmest Colour

(La vie d'Adèle--Chapitres 1 & 2)
(France, 2013, 179 mins, DCP)
Cast Léa Seydoux, Adèle Exarchopoulos, Salim Kechiouche, Jeremie Laheurte, Catherine Salée
PRODS Abdellatif Kechiche, Vincent Maraval, Brahim Chioua
SCR Abdellatif Kechiche, Ghalia Lacroix
CAM Sofian El Fani
EDS Ghalia Lacroix, Albertine Lastera, Jean-Marie Lengelle, Camille Toubkis
PROD DES Julia Lemaire
PROD CO Quat’Sous Films / Wild Bunch


“An extraordinary, prolonged popping-candy explosion of pleasure, sadness, anger, lust and hope.”—Robbie Collin, Telegraph

"A shattering masterpiece about sexual awakening, heartbreak and self-discovery…"—Jon Frosch, Atlantic

“A devastating mix of eroticism and sadness… A blazingly emotional and explosively sexy film, which reminds you how timidly unsexy most films are… The extended sex scenes have an explicitness and candour which can only be called magnificent.”—Peter Bradshaw, Guardian

Wheh! For those of you who have had their head in the sand, Abdellatif Kechiche’s Blue is not only the warmest colour, it’s the new hot pink and the film sensation of the year: explicit big-screen lesbian sex aiding a tour de force of unbridled intimacy. What will decent people think? What will women think? What will Steven Spielberg think (when in France)?

“’Who wears the pants—or doesn’t?’ could be the headline for the fracas that developed around the Palme d’Or winner… Embraced by the international press and the jury as well, the movie is a coming-of-age lesbian love story about the titular Adèle (Adèle Exarchopoulos), a high-school student from a working-class family who falls in love at first sight with Emma (Léa Seydoux), an art-school grad student from an upper-middle-class boho family… More than 40 years of struggle over the representation of women seems to have made no impression on Kechiche.”—Amy Taubin, Film Comment

The English translation of the French graphic novel by Julie Maroh from which Blue is freely adapted is published by Vancouver’s Arsenal Pulp Press this fall.

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