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Read Stefan Pape’s 5 star review of Blue is the Warmest Colour on The Fan Carpet

22 November 2013

“An honest, authentic portrayal of emotions we all have to contend with...”

When you see the prestigious Palme d'Or symbol preceding the opening credits of a film, instantly your expectations are suitably raised, and in this instance, it's justifiably so, as Abdellatif Kechiche's poignant love story Blue is the Warmest Colour, manages to feel as intimate as it does monumental. In the same way Amour (which won the much coveted prize at Cannes last year) depicted love and death so sincerely and simplistically, Kechiche has taken a similar approach, not doing anything extraordinary, but merely offering an honest, authentic portrayal of emotions we all have to contend with.

When curious teenager Adéle (Adéle Exarchopoulos) realises that she may attracted to other women, she heads down to a gay bar to experiment with her newfound sexual desires. It's there she she meets Emma (Léa Seydoux) – an eye-catching enigma with blue hair. After a handful of dates, the pair soon find themselves engulfed in a fervent, sexually intense relationship. While Emma, an artist by trade, introduces Adéle to a whole new world, where she can assert herself comfortably as an adult – and a lesbian – question marks remain as to the longevity of this impassioned affair.

Though covering distinctly universal themes of love, showing it off as the wonderment it can be, while conversely as the flawed notion it can represent – Blue is the Warmest Colour remains an intimate portrayal of Adéle, as throughout the camera zooms so closely in on her face, allowing us to feel so entwined with her thoughts. We even seen various shots of her sleeping, viewing her from a vulnerable place and truly getting to know this character inside out. In some instances, some of the scenes featuring the young girl seem somewhat needless and inconsequential – such as the family merely eating dinner, for example. However it all helps to paint this detailed picture of Adéle, as we get to know every single aspect of her, as the mundane, everyday aspects prove to be equally as important as anything else.


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