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`Blue is the Warmest Colour' succeeds in its simplicity of storytelling, where two wonderful actors are allowed to blossom,
This review is from: Blue Is the Warmest Colour [DVD] (DVD)
Abdellatif Kechiche's Palme d'Or winning film `Blue is the Warmest Colour' is the simplest of stories, of first love. Such a unifying experience has been shown on screen many many times, so why is this film any different or any better?
`Blue is the Warmest Colour' is the story of Adele (Adèle Exarchopoulos), a teenager with a familiar story of having to cope with life, not least having to navigate her way through the complex psychological and emotional perils of relationships. Adele experiments with a boy, but feels that there is something missing. On a night out with her best friend, her curiosity takes her to a bar frequented by lesbians. She meets the blue-haired Emma (Léa Seydoux), an older student studying Fine Arts who is clearly more comfortable with her sexuality than Adele is. A relationship is borne.
What sets `Blue is the Warmest Colour' apart from the majority of films about relationships is the depth and detail to which Kechiche is prepared to go. From the first moments of flirtation to intimacy and a full-blown adult relationship, seen mostly through Adele's experience of the pleasure, passion and pain of first love. Adele is full of innocence and hesitancy, even when the two of them are settled in a relationship Adele avoids advertising their union. Emma is everything to Adele, those momentary glances of approval at Emma never vanish, she allows herself to be second fiddle and is quite happy to do so. By the end, it seems as if Adele is the one who has matured for the better, not Emma.
`Blue is the Warmest Colour' is a daunting three hour film, but theres never a lull at any point in the film which is a remarkable achievement from Kechiche for such a simple story. The exceptional performances from the two highly committed leads, especially Exarchopoulos, adds insight into matters of the heart. Its rare to see such a vulnerable performance from an actor, Exarchopoulos excels at showing us the intense emotional and psychological demands of not just coming to terms with becoming a woman but also her sexuality. `Blue is the Warmest Colour' succeeds in its simplicity of storytelling, where two wonderful actors are allowed to blossom into one of the most naturalistic on-screen relationships ever filmed.