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1.0 out of 5 stars An arty-farty film exalting voyeurism, 15 Dec 2013
This review is from: Blue Is the Warmest Colour [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)


Basically the title of this review says it all.

It is a film saturated with "the male gaze", typical of
an heterosexual male rendering "the lesbian love(-making)"!

The two attractive actresses with extremely sensual bodies,
give an excellent portrayal of the "real",
the "principal voyeur", -which is what the "director" is-,
desperately tries to depict
for three whole hours, less couple of minutes.

All the social issues,
which we get to watch a sketching of at the beginning,
as for example,
"peer-group pressure", "homophobia" or "apathetic parenting",
are there to allure the rest of us viewers,
into this
seemingly "faux-naif",
but essentially (=in essence)
in toto "faux", authentic first love-female to female love.

All in all,
a very long porn film,
with more dialogue than usual
and an artistic outline.

Thank You.

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Initial post: 20 Dec 2013 14:04:40 GMT
Last edited by the author on 14 Feb 2014 13:28:55 GMT
PoochJD says:
Ledra, you haven't exactly written a review that means anything more, than the very thing you are claiming the film is - namely vacuousness!

How would you have changed the film, to make it less "male-centric"? And who is to say that a female director would have filmed it any differently, or made it more to your own personal liking?

Aren't the themes of homophobia, unrequited love, apathetic parenting, peer-group pressure applicable to lesbians, or are these things that only happen to heterosexuals and gay men?!

You label it a "porn film". It's anything but. If you've seen any recent porn films, you would know this. Yes, there are three explicit sexual scenes, but they are not pornographic - that is to say, I don't feel that they've been included to titillate the audience.

Would the film be better if the sexual material wasn't as explicit? Maybe. Would the film have been better, if no sexual material had been included at all? No. This was meant to be a film about unrequited love between two people - both damaged, in their own unique ways. Neither was supposed to represent all lesbians, or all gays. They were cyphers, just as almost every film character, in every film is. Were they a realistic portrayal of modern-day lesbian women in France? Yes, I think they were. Were the actresses chosen for their looks? Yes, undoubtedly, but then so is every actor/actress in every film. Cinema is an idealised version of reality. Even documentaries don't portray reality 100% accurately.

So, I'm really trying to work out why you've given this film such a hard time, because you seem to be suggesting that you'd rather this film didn't exist at all, purely because:
1) It's explicit
2) It was directed by a man
3) It dealt with everyday themes.

Hopefully, like many other non-mainstream gay movies (TAXI ZUM KLO, DESERT HEARTS, GO FISH, DOG DAY AFTERNOON, etc, etc) the fact that the film normalises lesbian relationships and doesn't treat them as different, weird, freakish, odd or bad, is a good thing, is it not.

Or would you rather that all films featuring gay and lesbian relationships and characters, remain at the sidelines, where few people actually watch them?

For what it's worth, the author of the original source novel - a graphic novel by Julie Maroh - is a lesbian, and it's partly-autobiographical. I think that more than explains why the film is the way it is. Which suggests the problem you have, is not with the film itself, per-se, but with the fact it deals with a homosexual relationship!

P.S. I note that you rated ROOM IN ROME, another lesbian film drama, very highly. Yet, that too, was filmed by a man - Julio Medem - and yet you praise that, despite it featuring as much sex and nudity as BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOUR does, though without the explicitness.

Posted on 8 Jan 2014 20:10:04 GMT
GlynLuke says:
This is nothing remotely like a porn film. I can only assume you have never seen porn.

Posted on 23 Jan 2014 18:58:50 GMT
Dogrunner says:
Such a shame that reviews like these lower the overall rating of a masterpiece because the viewers are only capable of enjoying blockbusters. Do not watch it if you can't handle art.
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