Blue Is the Warmest Color

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  • Summary: Blue is the Warmest Color centers on a 15-year-old girl named Adèle (Adèle Exarchopoulos) who is climbing to adulthood and dreams of experiencing her first love. A handsome male classmate falls for her, but an unsettling erotic reverie upsets the romance before it begins. Adèle imagines thatBlue is the Warmest Color centers on a 15-year-old girl named Adèle (Adèle Exarchopoulos) who is climbing to adulthood and dreams of experiencing her first love. A handsome male classmate falls for her, 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 (Léa Seydoux), who will soon enter Adèle's life for real, leading to an intense and complicated love story that spans a decade and is touchingly universal in its depiction. [IFC Films] Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 39 out of 41
  2. Negative: 0 out of 41
  1. Reviewed by: Jordan Mintzer
    May 27, 2013
    100
    Less concerned with classic storytelling than with creating virtual performance pieces on screen, the film features dozens of extended sequences of Adele and Emma both in and out of bed—scenes that are virtuously acted and directed, even if they run on for longer than most filmmakers would allow.
  2. Reviewed by: Justin Chang
    Oct 25, 2013
    100
    It’s a simple, even predictable story, yet textured so exquisitely and acted so forcefully as to feel almost revelatory.
  3. Reviewed by: Ian Freer
    Nov 18, 2013
    100
    Anchored by two of the most natural, committed performances you’ll ever see, Blue Is The Warmest Colour is the most moving love story of the year.
  4. 90
    The movie goes on for three hours without an emotional letup — it’s finally overwhelming.
  5. Reviewed by: Peter Travers
    Oct 24, 2013
    88
    Blue Is the Warmest Color sweeps you up on waves of humor, heartbreak and ravishing romance.
  6. Reviewed by: Peter Bradshaw
    May 27, 2013
    80
    It's a long movie, and by the end you may well feel every bit as wrung out as the characters. But it is genuinely passionate film-making.
  7. Reviewed by: Steve Persall
    Nov 7, 2013
    50
    Kechiche's doting on entwined limbs, thrusting pelvises and oral stimulation, all carefully posed and continued longer than necessary to get his point across, races beyond titillation to creepy voyeurism.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 38
  2. Negative: 6 out of 38
  1. Nov 5, 2013
    10
    BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOR left me so astounded that I had to walk aimlessly for an hour to get over its gut wrenching examination of ourBLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOR left me so astounded that I had to walk aimlessly for an hour to get over its gut wrenching examination of our ability to love and lose so profoundly. After nearly 2 hours and 20 minutes the film builds to a series of scenes that make you feel like your heart has been scraped by a knife, leaving only a battered shell of veins intact. Forget all the talk of explicit and long sex scenes, these just small bits of BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOR, a very modern story of love and its power over all of us. Is it really possible to feel so profoundly? And can we possibly move on? Expand
  2. Oct 29, 2013
    10
    A disconcerting realism serving a great, an erotic, a mad love. A true love. The actresses are gorgous, sensual. They really live before ourA disconcerting realism serving a great, an erotic, a mad love. A true love. The actresses are gorgous, sensual. They really live before our eyes. Everything seems authentic (I have NEVER seen something like that). The Cinematography is absolutely sublime (Kechiche is a virtuoso). And finally, 3 hours is not enough I would like (and I will) go back to cinema to watch again and again Adèle and Emma love, cry, laugh live. Expand
  3. Jul 6, 2014
    10
    Probably the truest and most raw romantic drama I've ever seen. Adele Exarchopoulos gave a performance with more realistic emotions andProbably the truest and most raw romantic drama I've ever seen. Adele Exarchopoulos gave a performance with more realistic emotions and reactions than one coming from an actual reality show. This film displays so accurately the human relationships between one another emotionally and sexually, how quickly they can be broken and how easily they can be repaired.
    I can believe the historical choice of giving the prestigious Cannes Palme d'Or award not only to the director, but to the two lead actresses due to their basically flawless performances. Honestly, this film really made me think on a greater scale about love, loss, and me as a partner in relationships.
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  4. Oct 25, 2013
    8
    "La vie d'Adèle" is single story about a young girl grows from teenage to adulthood. As Homer's Odyssey, Adèle crosses many experiences, her"La vie d'Adèle" is single story about a young girl grows from teenage to adulthood. As Homer's Odyssey, Adèle crosses many experiences, her first love, her first disappointment. Her partenaire, Emma, is simpler than Adèle. Emma is clearer, no default. Adèle is more complex but it's difficult to empathize with her. Perhaps, director wants that because it's realer. "Blue Is the Warmest Color" is raw, honest, passional and amazing. Great film! Expand
  5. Nov 9, 2013
    8
    This movie won Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film festival this year, so I had certain expectations.
    It is true, cinematography and acting are
    This movie won Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film festival this year, so I had certain expectations.
    It is true, cinematography and acting are superb. Having said that, why does it have to be that long? Three hours?! At times I was glad it wasn't the last show I went to or I would get asleep. In my opinion, it would be beneficial to cut at least 30 minutes out. Nevertheless, overall it is a very intense and sensible movie with plenty of masterfully shot erotic scenes. Love story full of passion, happiness and tears.
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  6. Jun 1, 2014
    7
    Realistic to the point of being boring at times, though stunning in others. An honest look at a relationship that just couldn't be. The storyRealistic to the point of being boring at times, though stunning in others. An honest look at a relationship that just couldn't be. The story follows the progression of a relationship that starts as unruly passion and experimentation to one of stagnation, distance and eventual separation. Sexual, blue and realistic. Expand
  7. Feb 17, 2015
    0
    It's time to tell the truth: this movie is a porn for people who want to fap on two beauties who make sex. Everyone saw the movie for that.It's time to tell the truth: this movie is a porn for people who want to fap on two beauties who make sex. Everyone saw the movie for that. Anyone who try to deniet it is either an hypocrit or naive. Admit it: people love lesbian porn, more than normal porn, because it allow to see two naked beauties without see naked men.

    "But hey, we live in a society who would istantly condemn porn, so we need to mask that porn as art" that's what the director thinked. That is exactly what's this movie is: porn disguised as art. You don't believe me? Read the interviews: the actress repetedly said that the director forced them to do the sex scenes very many times and every time the director acted like a perv and even take advantage of the situation to touch them.

    But that's just the typical hypocrisy of french cinema: just like they have pretended to defend the tigers with the Two Brothers movie while that movie actually SUPPORT tiger's abuse by using trained tigers to shot it. In the same way, this movie pretend to be "an opera who defend and acclaim the homosexual love" while in truth it's just porn for aroused teenagers.

    When I say that I watched this movie just to see the beautiful girls naked I will be accused by prissiest and conformists to be a perv or one who doesn't understand the movie, while in truth I'm only honest and I understand the movie more than them. But sincerity rarely get popularity. They prefer to play the sophisticated one and say that they love the movie because of the """"messagges"""

    As another confirm, the two actress are not even actress, they are MODELS. But you can see for yourself in the movie that they are not actress, since none of them can act proberly. But no one was interested in acting or story by the way.
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