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28 of 35 people found the following review helpful
TOP 500 REVIEWERon 17 November 2013
"Blue Is the Warmest Color" (2013 release from France; 179 min.; original title "La Vie d'Adele - Chapitre 1 et 2") brings the story of Adele, a HS junior who is struggling to find her identity. As the movie opens, we see Adele, who lives in Lille, taking the bus to school, getting through the day at school, clearly enjoying her French Lit class, where they are discussing Marivaux's "The Life of Marianne", having dinner with her mom and dad's (it appears Adele is an only child), and turning in for bed, so that she can do it all over again the next day. Adele has a few dates with Thomas, a senior. At one point Adele briefly crosses paths with a girl who has blue streaks in her hair, and for Adele it is "le coup de foudre" (love at first sight). Adele even dreams about her but it isn't till much later that she runs into the girl at a gay bar. The girl's name is Emma, and even though Emma has been with another girl for 2 years, it isn't long before Adele and Emma fall for each other. At this point we are just over an hour into the movie. To tell you more would ruin your viewing experience, you'll just have to see for yourself how it all plays out.

Several comments: first and foremost, there is good reason this film won the Palme d'Or at this year's Cannes festival: this is an epic relationship drama that will move you to your core (and perhaps also shock you). Let's immediately address the infamous sex scenes: yes, they are very graphic, so be forewarned. If you take offense to nudity, save yourself the trouble (and money), and go see another movie, seriously. Second, the acting performances are nothing short of monumental, none more so than Adele Exarchopoulos, in the title role. Surely this will get Oscar Best Actress consideration. Considering she is only 19 years, the sky is the limit for this talented actress. Léa Seydoux in the role of Emma is quite good too, but clearly in the shadows of Exarchopoulos. Third, I was amazed at how quickly this film flew by. It must be that I was so absorbed by how Adele's life is unfolding on the big screen that I completely lost track of time (this isn't giving anything away: the events in the movie play out over a number of years). Due to the sheer length of the movie and the graphic nudity, this movie clearly isn't for anyone, so be honest with yourself whether this is something worth checking out (if Iron Man 3 is your favorite film of the year, this is likely not for you). Last, if you wonder how Jean-Paul Sartre and Bob Marley are more similar than you ever imagined, just watch! The movie will explain all.

I had seen the trailer a couple of times and couldn't wait to see this. It finally opened this weekend at my local art-house theatre here in Cincinnati (on 2 screens even, a rarity), and I went to see it today. The matinee screening wasn't particularly well attended, but when I left the theatre, a long line had formed at the box office for the evening show. The film's credits including the film's title appear only at the end, so I was quite surprised that the original French title makes a reference to "Chapter 1 and 2", which seems to indicate that we may not have seen the very last of "the life of Adele", which would be great news indeed. If you are interested in a quality foreign film that is conversation-driven and examines relationships (and can stand graphic sex), you cannot go wrong with this. "Blue Is the Warmest Color" is HIGHLY, HIGHLY BRECOMMENDED!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 16 May 2014
What is it with the French? If Hollywood were presented with this script it would be cut down to 90 minutes, the intensity would be lost and there would be plot holes all over the place. Thankfully, French cinema does no such butchery.

Lets get this out of the way - the sex scene. A lot has been made of the lengthy scene in which the two female leads are involved. It is presented in a way which only continental European cinema can do - honest, unflinching, 'real and beautiful. It is very cleverly shot and is incredibly realistic. The two are clearly giving it all they can. Aside from that, in context it makes perfect sense. If the film was missing this scene, the slow build up of the sexual tension in any new relationship would be lost. This scene is the culmination of that, and happens a lot earlier than you expect.

The rest of the film is equally engrossing. You almost feel as if you're taking the journey with Adele, all of her emotions, personality, mannerisms... By the end of the film (and it is one hell of an ending) you can feel exactly how she feels. Particularly if you've ever been in such an intense, passionate and sometimes explosive relationship.

As for the blu-ray quality - it is excellent. I cant imagine seeing this in anything less than HD! The sound is crisp and clear. So much so that you can sometimes hear the characters breathing - which is how life is. My only grip would be the massive increase in volume during the club scenes - the music is far too loug so be ready for it.

Overall, an amazing film with stellar performances. If (as rumour has it) the director was brutal with the actors, the end result show it in spectacular fashion. Such powerful performances from relative newcomers is impressive.

I don't often say this, but my god this is good.
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on 15 February 2015
This is a good film. I found it very easy to follow, which is just as well, as the on screen subtitles were atrocious. The two leading actresses, gave wonderful performances, making the central relationship between Adele and Emma very believable.
Yes, there were very graphic love scenes, that leave absolutely nothing to the imagination - but I think the first two love scenes were essential to the storyline. This film would definitely gain from better subtitling though. A lot of essential dialogue was lost, which is a great shame.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 22 March 2014
My first concern about this film was the 3 hours of subtitles I'd have to manage. If this film hadn't won the Palme d'Or and had such rave reviews I might not have bothered and then missed out on a piece of special film making. Both actresses were excellent, the acting was raw, emotional and utterly believable.

Everyone seems obsessed by the sex scenes, and yes they were explicit and steamy, but they weren't over the top. It's hardly pornographic.....if you think so then you really need to get out a bit more. The hardest scenes to watch were filled with emotional turmoil and desperation, again acted wonderfully by the two leads. The human condition and the pain and joy of relationships is expertly woven together in this film, the director got it spot on.

Give this film a chance. The actresses deserve that. It will be a classic one day.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 19 March 2014
This is much more than just a Lesbian movie. It is about human relations at its best, at its worst and - we must not fortget that - its lukewarm degrees.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 18 March 2014
For me the film shows what it is like to be truly in love. And reminds me not to undervalue, not to fail to express in every way possible, should it ever happen to me again. Indescribable pain may follow, mais c'est la vie, n'est ce pas? Bien sûr...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 10 January 2015
Not many words transit it's brilliance. Even without it being a fantastic and honest love story the way it's filmed for me was so intimate. Captivating.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 21 July 2014
Moving, touching and occasionally shocking.
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28 of 36 people found the following review helpful
A hearbreaking movie about love. Lesbian love and how beautiful it can be. Abdellatif Kechiche has won the Palme d'Or at Cannes 2013 for this 3 hours expanding love story. The performances by Adèle Exarchouopoulos and Léa Seydoux are very natural. The movie is a warm ode to love, lust, broken hearts and sexual self discovery. A must see & highest possible recommendation.
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on 26 June 2015
I absolutely adore this film. I have never seen another film which leads a viewer towards such an intense emotional identification with its protagonist. Although it is well known for its amazingly forthright sexual content, those scenes are not the ones which draw the viewer in and give the film its intensity. It is long however, and the plot does not develop quickly. If you prefer films which are all action with less emotional content, it might not be for you.....
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