Blue Is the Warmest Colour (2013)

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Avg Rating: 4.5 / 5. Voted: 6

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AKA: La Vie d’Adele – Chapitres 1 & 2
Year: 2013
Directed by: Abdellatif Kechiche
Starring: Adele Exarchopoulos (Adele), Lea Seydoux (Emma)
Country: France, European Cinema
Language: French
(English subtitles)
Runtime: 03:00:10
Genres: Lesbian, Teensploitation

Plot – Spoilers:
Adele is studying literature at school and though she has a close circle of friends, she feels and acts like an outsider. One of the more coveted boys at school likes her and yet, Adele herself seems unaware of her beauty and appeal and goes through her days with a perpetual look of discontent. One day, she walks by a young woman with blue hair and fantasizes about her later that night. This opens up thoughts about her sexuality especially when she meets the same woman during a chance visit to a gay bar.

The first half of the movie builds on Adele’s curiosity, frustrations and eventual acceptance of who she is. In a way, we as viewers join in the understanding and acceptance. With that achieved, the latter half explores a relationship between two people who really are quite different with different ambitions.

Blue Is the Warmest Colour won the Palme d’Or and created history when the Jury awarded it to the lead actresses as well as the Director. And when you watch it, you’ll know why.

Favorite Scenes:
Emma sketches Adele on a bench:
The vulnerability in Adele as they are about to part ways is breathtaking.

Emma’s friends come over for a dinner party:
During the party, it’s obvious Adele is just not fitting in and the differences between Emma and Adele that were evident earlier, now become stark.

Where Emma savors oysters, Adele chews her food crudely. Emma is ambitious and driven, and though Adele has an artistic streak, she carries it lightly and has simple wants from life. Happiness to Emma is success as an artist while Adele is happy just being in love.

So when Emma’s artistic friends come over, Adele potters around like a cook and a housewife. And while she is far from stupid, she feels and comes across as the dumb, ordinary one among the friendly and complimentary, yet snobbish intellectuals. Eventually when Emma and Adele break up, you can’t help but feel Emma was just looking for an out, all the time.

11 thoughts on “Blue Is the Warmest Colour (2013)

  • December 26, 2018 at 1:08 am

    One of the most boring and self-indulgent movies I have ever watched. And way too long. Cannot fathom why it won a prize.

    • January 22, 2019 at 4:25 pm

      lol … maybe you’re not as clever as you try to sound.

      Loved it. Please post more of the flowery French.

      • January 27, 2019 at 7:26 am

        Va te faire foutre. C’est mon opinion, si tu ne l’aime pas ça m’est égal. Petit con!

  • January 26, 2019 at 1:20 pm

    Best of lesbian films, so authentic and emotional.

  • March 13, 2019 at 12:27 am

    I am fascinated by the emotions shown in this film, everything seems so self-explanatory and I can’t stop comparing the differences between cultures(my and french) I think this movie was beautiful.

    • May 27, 2019 at 1:00 am

      I’m working on Existentialism, and this movie is an exquisite example. I also love the emotions within the movie. Thank you so much!❤

  • May 28, 2019 at 12:18 am

    This is a very good movie. I love how Emma and Adele act. It just saddened me because it doesn’t have happy ending. It’s been too long but I am hoping there will be next chapter.

  • June 13, 2019 at 2:28 pm

    i love the movie. i hope they will have a part 2.

  • June 13, 2019 at 8:41 pm

    Well, i saw that coming. Because of how different they were. I lost my hope for them getting back together after their meet up in a cafe. But i must say, I wanted Adele to write. Maybe indulge in what she likes. I was 60% expecting her to write a book with the Title “Blue is the warmest colour”. But oh well. I love how natural it was. Its not always about happy endings and first loves. Life is full of surprises. Be it a straight relationship or an lgbt love. Theres no guarentee that it will always work out in the end.

  • July 29, 2019 at 3:11 am

    Je suis très âgé. Et temps ne change pas. Toutes des histoires sont les histoires des femmes et des homme, de notre première amour perdue. Qui a raconté la vie d’ Adèle, la vie d’ Emme. Le film ou votre vie.

  • June 17, 2020 at 12:52 am

    I hated this movie so fucking much, and here’s why:

    First off, when the movie starts, Adele is 15 years old, and Emma is in her early 20s. Right off the bat this relationship was already pretty manipulative because 20 SOMETHING YEAR OLDS SHOULDN’T BE DATING OR HAVING SEX WITH TEENAGERS. Maybe the rules of consent are very different in France, but that entire thing left a really bad taste in my mouth.

    Second, these characters have absolutely no chemistry outside of hardcore lesbian sex. They don’t share common interests, they don’t share common passions, they’re not even at a compatible age to be with each other, and their personalities clash harder than toothpaste and orange juice. Nothing about this movie was talking about “first love,” it was exploiting the mutual lust of a horny teenager and a manipulative adult. I was rooting for their breakup the entire movie because there was absolutely nothing interesting or “insightful” about their “romance.” You could cut this movie down to its pure essence, hardcore lesbian porn, and nothing important would be missed. Even then, this movie would still be ungodly boring.

    Which brings me to my third point: this is the most pretentious, self-righteous, self-indulgent and tedious “drama,” and it tries WAY too hard to be seen as “intelligent and deep” when it’s anything but those things. Like I said, you could only show the gratuitous amounts of sex scenes that the movie has, and you wouldn’t miss a damn thing because the story is dull, overly drawn out, and completely irrelevant. The characters have no depth to them whatsoever, and even if they did, there was nothing entertaining about them that would make me care about any of them, not in the slightest. Every character was written as a hollow shell and they all acted like oblivious idiots to everything around them, especially Adele and Emma when it came to their “relationship.” They have no driving motivations outside of boring sex, which is why their “relationship” is flimsy and stupid to begin with. And even their other “driving forces” don’t add any insight or perspective on what these characters are actually like. We know that Emma wants to be a successful artist and that Adele wants to explore literature (or something, I honestly don’t know and don’t care), but these traits are handled so poorly that they just come across as inessential and irrelevant because the characters themselves aren’t deep or developed.

    In short, this movie is the worst 3 hours of my life that I have wasted and will never get back, and it angers me that it got so many awards for its “deepness and artfulness.” If you still venture forward even with my warning, you will either agree with me in my disappointment or love it for everything I think it’s not.


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