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Blue Is The Warmest Color (2013)



Critic Consensus: Raw, honest, powerfully acted, and deliciously intense, Blue Is the Warmest Color offers some of modern cinema's most elegantly composed, emotionally absorbing drama.

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BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOR centers on a 15-year-old girl named Adèle (Exarchopoulos) who is climbing to adulthood and dreams of experiencing her first love. A handsome male classmate falls for her hard, but an unsettling erotic reverie upsets the romance before it begins. Adèle imagines that the mysterious, blue-haired girl she encountered in the street slips into her bed and possesses her with an overwhelming pleasure. That blue-haired girl is a confident older art student named Emma (Seydoux), who will soon enter Adèle's life for real, making way for an intense and complicated love story that spans a decade and is touchingly universal in its depiction. (c) IFCmore
Rating: NC-17 (for explicit sexual content)
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Julie Maroh, Abdel Kechiche, Ghalya Lacroix, Ghalia Lacroix, Ghalia Lacroix
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 25, 2013
Box Office: $46.0M
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Alma Jodorowski
as Béatrice
Sandor Funtek
as Valentin
Aurélien Recoing
as Adèle's Father
Catherine Salée
as Adele's Mother
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Critic Reviews for Blue Is The Warmest Color

All Critics (163) | Top Critics (38)

Mr. Kechiche and Ms. Lacroix's gravest missteps here are their depictions of homophobia and the LGBT community itself.

Full Review… | October 8, 2015
Critic's Notebook

Exarchopoulos' performance is a miracle, with every raw emotion rippling across her yearning, endlessly expressive face.

Full Review… | May 12, 2015
Philadelphia City Paper

The central romance is told beautifully, and the two leads give dazzling performances.

Full Review… | April 17, 2015

I have to admit the film got under my own skin and not simply as voyeurism

Full Review… | July 16, 2014

An emotional and engrossing experience told in extreme close-up.

Full Review… | May 14, 2014
The Virginian-Pilot

A fierce and honest drama about a French teenager (Adele Exarchopoulos, just fantastic) discovering, exploring and understanding her own sexuality.

Full Review… | April 18, 2014
Creative Loafing

Audience Reviews for Blue Is The Warmest Color


Kechiche does a phenomenal work to adapt a maudlin graphic novel into this powerful, deeply sincere and devastating drama that gets under our skin with an incredibly real intensity and is lifted even more by a sensational, Oscar-deserving performance by Exarchopoulos.

Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer


Very good movie. Very long at 3 hours. I do think some of it could have been trimmed, but on the other hand, the long running time and many years covered does allow the viewer to really get into Adele's world.
The movie follows her from her teens where she is dating boys, but becomes fixated on one blue haired girl she sees on the street and then later meets in a gay bar.
Then we follow Adele and Emma as their relationship progresses and then eventually fails.
A warning, there is a lot of sex, so if you are uncomfortable with nudity onscreen, probably this is not a good choice. ********spoiler***************
I admit I found the ending somewhat depressing - mostly Emma's reasons for the choice she made. Though it was a mature and thoughtful decision, the romantic in me felt that these girls belonged together even though Adele also made some poor choices.
However, it is true to life, and this is a choice many people make in real life. Head over heart.

Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

A young girl falls for another woman.
Adele Exarchopoulos's face is one of the most expressive I've seen on an actress in a very long time. She has the capability of rendering an entire film's worth of character motivation and contradiction in a single close-up, and her leading lady, Lea Seydoux, is a fitting and remarkable complement.The performances in Blue Is the Warmest Color are the highlights of the film, and to watch this acting master class is a thrill in and of itself.
The story isn't much to write about. A woman tries men, falls for a woman, the relationship encounters difficulty, the end. It's all as one might predict, but that doesn't mean that the variances of individuality don't give the film a vitality and spark that is absent from many modern-day romances.
Overall, good acting is sometimes enough to make a good film.

Jim Hunter

Super Reviewer

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