If you haven't seen this Palme d'Or winner you've most likely heard of it due to the bit of controversy surrounding it...the two main actresses and other crew members had issues with the director Abdellatif Kechiche and much was made of the long and graphic 'rude' scenes', all the more 'shocking' according to the media due to the actors in them both being women. But for this film to be remembered only as 'the one with the lesbian sex scenes' would do it a huge injustice.
Based on Julie Maroh's graphic novel of the same name, Blue Is The Warmest Colour centres around Adèle (Adèle Exarchopoulos) and her relationship with Emma (Léa Seydoux). Maroh herself has complained the film is just a straight man's fantasy of a lesbian affair which is what put me off watching it for so long. However, after seeing it for myself I disagree. Yes, those scenes are probably unnecessarily long and graphic but they're just a small part of the film. For me, it's a film about love and the fact that the two leads just happen to be women isn't really what the focus is about if you get what I mean. I'd say it's more to do with relationships between people of different social classes...Adèle is from a working class background whilst Emma's family are very different. I won't go into the plot too much, to be honest if I were to just describe the story to you it wouldn't sound all that interesting but it's 100% worth a watch for the masterful performances of the two leads and the way it's filmed. It's just raw, emotional and feels very real. I'm a huge film fan but it takes a lot even for me to not lose concentration after three hours of subtitles (it's a French speaking picture)...however I just didn't want it to end! Even months after watching it the characters are still with me.
If you have Netflix Blue Is The Warmest Colour is available on there! Have you seen this film? Would love to know what you think!