Blue is the Warmest Colour
29/12/14 Filed in: DVD
I was bought this DVD for Christmas. I had read about this film after it's release but was a bit surprised when I got it as a present. Obviously any French film helps me 'train my ears' to the sound of French, even though the dialogue is usually at the tricky/impossible end of the scale. The DVD was, however, an English language release with sub-titles.
When I read about this film there was much attention given to its explicit sexual nature. There's no denying that the lesbian sex scenes are as explicit as you are likely to see in any main-stream film. However, to reduce what is an amazing film to the sex is doing the production a great disservice.
The two leading female actors are absolutely amazing and I'm not surprised that both won a Palme d'Or at Cannes in 2013, as did the film and the director. Adèle Exarchopoulos (who plays Adéle) in particular gives an amazing performance. From the time when she discovers her sexuality, in late adolescence, up until the moment when she realises that her relationship with Emma (played by Léa Seydoux) is over, we witness the emotions of a young woman finding true love, playing out that love with unbridled passion and finally losing somebody who has taken over her soul. The scene in the bar where Adéle finally realises that there is no longer any hope of reconciliation must rate as one of the best emotional portrayals ever put on film.
You will sense that I was bowled over by this film. I like French films and this must rate as one of the best I've seen. Not for everybody, I agree, and it seems that the comments from the gay community certainly haven't been overwhelmingly positive in respective of the sex scenes. I found this article by Ashton Cooper at Jezebel.com to be reasonably well balanced. As she says, "Of course, it’s also important to recognize that this three-hour-long film is made up of so much more than its ten-minute sex scene."