Sunday, November 10 2013, 12:49 PM MST
Movie Review: Blue is the Warmest Color
4 out of 5 Stars
Director: Abdellatif Kechiche
Starring: La Seydoux, Adle Exarchopoulos, Salim Kechiouche
Genre: Drama, Romance
Recommended To: Those looking for a deeply moving character drama about self-realization.
Synopsis: Adeles (Adle Exarchopoulos) life changes when she falls under the spell of Emma (La Seydoux), a rising artist with blue hair.
Review: When it comes to Blue is the Warmest Color all anyone seems to want to talk about it how it is rated NC-17 for explicit lesbian sex scenes and its runtime that clocks in at just less than three hours. The implication often being that the entire film is filled with steamy scenes when in fact very little of the film is spent in the bedroom. What the film is really about is a young and insecure woman exploring her identity while being drawn deep into someone else's life. It isn't always the healthiest of relationships as one half tends to be the dominant force, but that's not so unusual. We see Adele caught in the spotlight as she make mistakes and deal with the consequences. Its a fairly simple story, but it is told extremely well and features two wonderfully nuanced performances from La Seydoux and Adle Exarchopoulos. I wish director/writer Abdellatif Kechiche had toned down the explicit nature of the sex scenes so that more people would be able (or more willing) to see the film, because at its heart it is a wonderful character drama.
-Ryan Michael Painter