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Blue Is the Warmest Colour - Subtitled 2013

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French award-winning gay-themed drama directed by Abdel Kechiche. The film follows the 17-year-old closeted student Adèle (Adèle Exarchopoulos) as she pursues a passionate and fiery relationship with an older and 'out' blue-haired lesbian called Emma (Léa Seydoux). Throughout their relationship the two young women learn a lot about the pains and joys of being in love and the importance of staying true to oneself.

Starring:
Salim Kechiouche, Léa Seydoux
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Product Details

Discs
  • Feature ages_18_and_over
Runtime 2 hours 59 minutes
Starring Salim Kechiouche, Léa Seydoux, AdèLe Exarchopoulos
Director Abdel Kechiche
Genres Romance
Studio CURZON FILM WORLD
Rental release 17 March 2014
Main languages French
Subtitles English
Discs
  • Feature ages_18_and_over
Runtime 2 hours 59 minutes
Starring Salim Kechiouche, Léa Seydoux, AdèLe Exarchopoulos
Director Abdel Kechiche
Genres Romance
Studio CURZON FILM WORLD
Rental release 17 March 2014
Main languages French
Subtitles English

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By KaleHawkwood TOP 100 REVIEWER on 9 Jan. 2014
Format: DVD
I honestly don`t know where to begin in praising this all but flawless French film.
Occasionally - though not often enough - a film comes along which leaves one open-mouthed in wonder and gratitude, that one this exceptional and this intelligent is still capable of being being made, and that it is receiving the generally rave reviews it so plainly deserves.
Much has been made of the lengthy naked sexual scenes, as well as the two leading actresses` complaints about the director`s methods - which they have since modifed, I`m glad to say, being rightly proud of their performances in this beautiful and honest work of art. Thankfully, as much has been made of the unique nature of this masterpiece, as I believe it to be.
Adele Exarchopoulos plays Adele, a sexually confused but personable, intelligent teenager on the verge of womanhood. To state so much so baldly is to come nowhere near to describing the astonishing brilliance of this actress`s portrayal, with not a single moment where she looks as if she`s `acting`, such is her naturalness, which never becomes tiresome or repetitive (even as her character`s does at times - work that one out!). This must in lage part be down to the relentlessness and sensitivity of director Abdellatif Kechiche, who doesn`t put a foot wrong during the three hours over which this deceptively simple tale unfolds.
The slightly older young woman Adele falls for, and who falls for her too, is played with restained, pitch-perfect warmth and likeability by the experienced Lea Seydoux, whose eyes are as expressive as anything I`ve seen for a long time, and who possesses an almost languidly hypnotic way of showing her character`s various traits and foibles.
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By schumann_bg TOP 50 REVIEWER on 17 Feb. 2014
Format: DVD
Blue Is The Warmest Colour is a rewarding film that holds your interest for its three hour running time, although I wondered if it was a bit long. The first hour is outstanding, showing Adele in her final year at school and hesitating between boys and girls. It is painful but somehow conveys the freshness of these tentative encounters, firstly with a boy. This episode was very touching, and made you feel for both parties. Adele is a girl you like straight off the bat; she's so natural, so sincere and feeling - really an ideal person. I'm not surprised the director Abdellatif Kechiche felt so compelled to tell her story. When she meets Emma it continues to be thoroughly magical in feeling, but I liked it a bit less as the relationship began to show signs of strain. The turn of events in the last hour feels slightly forced to me, without wanting to give too much away. Both actresses are wonderful, but first honours must go to Adele Exarchopoulos, as Adele (the original comic on which it is based is called 'La Vie d'Adele'). She is simply wonderful in front of the camera, and you completely believe everything she does. Lea Seydoux is also excellent, but the role is somewhat secondary. The focus on Adele is a bit like that on Gena Rowlands in A Woman Under The Influence, or Emily Watson in Breaking The Waves, and the film also reminded me a bit of the gay male lovers in Weekend. There is the same rawness, the same unflinching gaze at sexuality and emotion. However I did feel it was a little too relentlessly shot in close-up, perhaps, and its setting of intimacy right next to party or street scenes with dancing became a little overused, at the expense of showing us more of Adele's home life, for instance, or tying up other threads in her life - her school friends etc.Read more ›
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First things first ... the film might well be notorious for its ten minute sex scene, but there are far greater moments of intimacy and candidness - not least, the close-up image, repeated several times, of Adele asleep on her pillow, her lips apart, and dribble forming at the corner of her mouth ( mucus and mucus-like fluids being a recurring motif in this film - snot, tears, saliva, spaghetti and half-alive oysters, the latter fed to the ingenue Adele by the maturer sophisticate, Emma).

Sometimes the film feels like an intellectual check-list - Sartre, Picasso, Tiresius and numerous French classical novelists all get name-checked. But, cliches and erotica aside, there is something deeply tender and moving about this film, and the core of this can be found in the orginal French title, "The Life of Adele, Chapters 1 and 2". For this is a film wholly about its heroine, Adele, and her uncertain journey through her early adult years.

And it is Adele Exarchopoulos' stunning portrayal of Adele, in all its intimacy and subtlety and complexity, that merits the film being called a masterpiece. Regardless of the controversies surrounding "Blue is The Warmest Colour", and its occasional shortcomings, viewers will have the presence of Adele lingering in their minds long after the curtains close on the final, beautiful scene.
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Format: Blu-ray
Here I must correct the first reviewer on quite an important matter:

Never before, The Palme d'Or, as the highest movie award at the Cannes Film Festival is called, is split into three!
So it's not only the brilliant directing of Abdellatif Kechiche, but also the brilliant acting of the both wonderfull
Adèle Exarchopoulos and Léa Seydoux that was brought into the spotlights!
This movie needs time to 'sink in'. I left the theater with mixed feelings, it was later that evening, that I couldn't
get it out of my mind! It seems like that in (just..) three hours of time, I gained years of life experience..
Much is already said about the 10 minute 'love scene', Ok, I myself thought "does this really need to be this long?"
Maybe it was to express the difference of Adèle's feelings of being with a girl instead of a boy...?
But let me tell you that there is much, much more to this movie than this worldwide debated love scene, so why the fuss??
It's about aspects of life that is all around us, and I loved to be able to feel as close to them as I can possibly be.
Go see this movie, and see for yourself. But allow, and give it time to sink in..
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