Friday, May 13, 2016

Blue is the Warmest Color 2013

     This film is adapted from a novel by Julie Maroh.  Adele is 15 years old and a junior in high school, she’s attractive and she has a lot of friends.  She’s gone out with guys but she doesn’t know if this is what she wants.  She sees Emma, she has blue in her hair and for some reason Adele is hoping to see her again.  She does meet Emma again and they start to see each other.  Adele tells her parents that Emma is helping her with her philosophy studies.
      This is a different film in many ways, including the awards won.  Three hours is a long time to focus on just the two lead actresses.  Also, at its center is Adele maturing from 15 to 18 years old.  Adele is trying to get though high school and move on to a teaching job.  Emma has finished her education and she is trying to earn a living with her art.  There are many ways that Adele and Emma are unequal in their relationship.  Most scenes have the color blue in the forefront or background.  3 ½* (I liked this movie)

180 min, Drama directed by Abdellatif Kechiche with Lea Seydoux, Adele Exarchopoulos, Salim Kerchiouche, Aurelien Recoing, Catherine Salee, Benjamin Siksou, Mona Walravens, Alma Jodorowsky.

Note:  Imdb 7.8 out of 10, 90% critic 85% critic on Rotten Tomatoes, Roger Ebert 3*, Amazon 4.1* out of 5* with 554 reviews.
Special Note:  First shown at Cannes, winner of a Palme d’Or and the FIPRESCI Prize.  It is the first film to receive a Palme d’Or for the director and the lead actresses.  Lea and Adele are the first women to have won the Palme d’Or.  Nominated for a Golden Globe and the BAFTA Award for Best Foreign Language Film.  Filmed in Lile, Roubaix and Lievin, France.

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