Blue Is The Warmest Color Reviews
The film cleverly fails to answer a number of questions over how far Emma is less than a simple injured party - are Adele's suspicions entirely misplaced about her fidelity for instance? And the ending is horribly, beautifully unsatisfactory.
I hesitated about giving this five stars before I thought about this review and realised we are probably dealing with a modern masterpiece here. Not to mention the jaw-dropping brilliance of Adele Exarchopoulos's Oscar-worthy performance. Future critics may wonder with surprise and surmise as to why this film was not featured.
A beautiful and intense take on lesbian love in a modern era with a very respectful and complex perspective on the issue. Lea & Adele give masterful performances demonstrating real emotion in every scene of this absolute masterpiece of film. The best romance drama film I have ever seen in my life!
Gorgeous cinematography, direction, colors, lighting, and environments build up the amazingly thoughtful script and the incredibly subtle acting performances of the two leading ladies. Lea & Adele have such loving chemistry and give the performances of a lifetime.
Blue Is the Warmest Color absolutely deserved and earned the Palme D'or at Cannes. This is a very faithful adaption of Julie Maroh's graphic novel Blue Is the Warmest Color with the exception of the ending, which I will not spoil. But I will say the emotional impact of this film left me with a similar emotional state as did the novel.
A harrowing tale of unrequited love, coming of age story, sexual curiosity and maturity, and the most profound and complex look at love as there has ever been captured on film. Artistic in style, while also being so totally relatable and personable in its portrayal.
I highly recommend Blue Is the Warmest Color.
Most importantly, it dabbles in the social politics of lesbianism just enough to raise the question of whether it intends to grapple with those politics. (It doesn't, conspicuously or originally.)
Against all that must be set the lead actresses, both of whom find unexpected nuance and truth in their performances. They are not presented as "lesbian types," and this saves the film from being boringly polemical. It's primarily a love story whose protagonists happen to check the "L" box. It seems them as people with complex and interesting selves, not merely complex and interesting sexuality. This makes it worth watching.
Now, she didn't become the youngest person ever to win the Cannes Film Festival 'Palme d'Or' award (and 37 other nominations) purely for her willingness to bare everything - and I do mean EVERYTHING!- but the break up scene with her lesbian lover is gut-wrenching, raw, intense stuff. You feel her pain. An incredible performance, it's like it's happening for real right before your eyes, a lightning bolt caught on camera.
Three hours is normally a tad long for me, and if they had cut the sex scenes it would have been a more normal length film - that's how much bare-ass, steamy, getting it on there is in this film! It's French after all. But it all does set the scene for just how deeply Adèle falls for this, her first, love. That's my excuse anyway. She's also fit as. Just sayin.
No CGI, no intricate plot, no panoramic camera work, but a story that feels real and a performance of unbridled raw emotion. Can't recommend this film enough.