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Blue Is the Warmest Color (2013)
"La vie d'Adèle" (original title)

NC-17  |   |  Drama, Romance  |  9 October 2013 (France)
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Adele's life is changed when she meets Emma, a young woman with blue hair, who will allow her to discover desire, to assert herself as a woman and as an adult. In front of others, Adele grows, seeks herself, loses herself and ultimately finds herself through love and loss.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Salim Kechiouche ...
Mère Adèle
Benjamin Siksou ...
Mona Walravens ...
Jérémie Laheurte ...
Anne Loiret ...
Mère Emma
Benoît Pilot ...
Beau Père Emma
Sandor Funtek ...
Fanny Maurin ...
Maelys Cabezon ...
Samir Bella ...


Adèle is a high school student who is beginning to explore herself as a woman. She dates men but finds no satisfaction with them sexually, and is rejected by a female friend who she does desire. She dreams of something more. She meets Emma who is a free spirited girl whom Adèle's friends reject due to her sexuality, and by association most begin to reject Adèle. Her relationship with Emma grows into more than just friends as she is the only person with whom she can express herself openly. Together, Adèle and Emma explore social acceptance, sexuality, and the emotional spectrum of their maturing relationship. Written by ~mEp (mep1)

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Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated NC-17 for explicit sexual content | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

9 October 2013 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Blue Is the Warmest Color  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$100,316 (USA) (25 October 2013)


$2,199,675 (USA) (7 March 2014)

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Sound Mix:

(5.1 surround)|


Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The first film adaption of a graphic novel to win the Palm D'Or. See more »


When Adéle goes to Emma's art gallery opening, there's a dolly shot of her walking from left to right towards the entrance. There's a reflection of the top of the camera in one of the windows of the building. See more »


Emma: But I have infinite tenderness for you. I always will. My whole life.
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References My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic (2010) See more »


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One of the most emotionally intense, powerful movies of the year
27 December 2013 | by (Salem, MA) – See all my reviews

I saw this film on the last night it was playing at my local theater and I jumped on the opportunity. Once it was over I realized how smart of a decision it was. I read a review of the film that said something along the lines of, "the trouble with this film being 3 hours is that you want to watch it for several more." I couldn't agree more with that statement. The story, along with its characters, moves the film along to the point where it didn't feel like 3 hours.

This film was probably the most emotionally intense and powerful movie I've seen in a very long time. You believed everything you were seeing and it forced you to feel it along with the characters. As much that has been written about this film, the acting can not be overstated. These two actresses are a revelation in this movie.

It seems that whenever the topic of homosexuality is covered by a film it usually contains some sort of hate crime or bias against homosexuality somewhere in the story that the film's characters have to face and overcome. What's refreshing about this film is that there is a dash of that but its in the beginning of the film and never becomes the focus of the conflict with the characters. The film acknowledges that bias is there but brushes it aside to say that there is something bigger and more important at play with the characters. Really nice to see that in a film.

This movie ranks as one of the best films I've seen this year and am so happy I had a chance to see it.

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