Blue Is The Warmest Color (2013)

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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) IFC
Rating:
NC17 (for explicit sexual content)
Genre:
Drama
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Cast

Alma Jodorowski
as Béatrice
Alma Jodorowsky
as Beatrice
Fanny Maurin
as Amelie
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 (166) | Top Critics (40)

Blue is the Warmest Colour is too exceptional a film to be defined by its controversy.

Full Review… | November 8, 2013
Globe and Mail
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An astounding, complex film about the ecstasy, the danger and the beauty of love.

Full Review… | November 8, 2013
Detroit News
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One of the year's best films.

Full Review… | November 7, 2013
Toronto Star
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A love story so erotically charged that it short circuits our higher functions.

Full Review… | November 7, 2013
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Top Critic

Forget the controversy and see Blue is the Warmest Color for what it truly is: a warm and compassionate ode to the vagaries of the heart.

Full Review… | November 7, 2013
Miami Herald
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This exploration of tumultuous romance is rare in its scope and frankness.

Full Review… | November 1, 2013
Orange County Register
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Audience Reviews for Blue Is The Warmest Color

½

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
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

½

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
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
Jim Hunter

Super Reviewer

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