“But I have infinite tenderness for you. I always will. All my life long.”
As absorbing as it is moist, Blue Is The Warmest Colour (La vie d’Adèle - Chapitres 1 et 2) (2013) is a raw epic of self-discovery, love, loss, spaghetti and skin. This film faultlessly tackles some of the most challenging subject matter with finesse and style, proving that Gay Cinema extends much further than Another Gay Movie (2006). With note-perfect performances from both Léa Seydoux and Adèle Exarchopoulos, Abdellatif Kechiche (Black Venus, The Secret Of The Grain) directs this graphic novel adaption in a manner that is indisputably worthy of Palme d’Or at Cannes Film Festival 2013.
If you’ve not yet heard, there is a heavily explicit 6-minute sex scene in this movie that has left a whole host of critics divided, hordes of movie goers robbed of their ticket price and even the leading ladies (Seydoux and Exarchopoulos) taking to interviews to express their discomfort whilst filming. Controversy aside, I firmly believe in the scene – it rings true to the story, but also to the original text that the film is based. It is raw, truthful and mature. It serves to not only enlighten audiences, but to courageously enrich the plot and character development of the film.
You’ve got to be in it for the long haul with Blue Is The Warmest Colour, but this modern masterpiece has not only changed the face of French Cinema forever, but I believe it is paving a floridly realistic path for Gay Cinema in the future.
Rating: 4.5/5. See this movie.