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

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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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Salim Kechiouche ...
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Mère Adèle
Benjamin Siksou ...
Mona Walravens ...
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Béatrice
Jérémie Laheurte ...
Thomas
Anne Loiret ...
Mère Emma
Benoît Pilot ...
Beau Père Emma
Sandor Funtek ...
Valentin
Fanny Maurin ...
Amélie
Maelys Cabezon ...
Laetitia
Samir Bella ...
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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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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)

Gross:

$2,199,675 (USA) (7 March 2014)
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Adèle Exarchopoulos and Léa Seydoux wore prosthetic vaginas in the scenes in which they perform oral sex. See more »

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After the Gay Pride Parade, Emma is holding a rainbow flag in her left hand. In the next shot she moves her left hand up to Adele's face and the flag is gone. See more »

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Emma: Enjoying philosophy?
Adèle: [laughs] I love it. It's incredibly enriching. Very interesting. Very deep. Orgasm precedes essence.
Emma: Your grade better be good.
Adèle: Give me a grade.
Emma: Fourteen.
Adèle: Fourteen? Just fourteen?
Emma: [laughs] You still need some practice.
Adèle: I'll give it all I've got.
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One of the best films I have ever seen. Go immediately.
10 November 2013 | by (London) – See all my reviews

I saw this film as a preview, at 11am on a Sunday morning, whilst nursing a horrible cold and it was the best decision I have made in a long time.

The film offers several basic and well used premises: the Eliza Doolittle/Henry Higgins: why won't you let me educate you thing, a dichotomy between big city and small city ideas and ideals and the well trotted out first love idea. However, the way this film is presented is entirely original. Kechiche sets it in Lille, a town in Northern France, full of provincial living and entirely captures how it is in general in this town - when the characters walk around you feel that he understands what he is talking about.

The film is about desire, desire to eat, desire to sleep with someone, desire to dance and it is portrayed within a first relationship between two women. The two women are fantastic and the plot has amusing little french jokes interspersed between the very emotionally demanding relationship that has you gasping at points. However the story is largely about one of them, Adele - and you feel over the three hours, that you get to know her, what she is about, what she finds attractive, what she wants (or what she thinks she wants). The actress playing her has a wonderfully expressive face and she needs it for the amount that happens. When she cries, when she eats, when she sleeps you believe her.

Much has been said about the sex scenes, which are very graphic, however these are entirely relevant to the plot and the furore seems to be about the actors criticising the director for pushing them too far, however, without this pushing this film wouldn't be nearly as good.

When it finished, and I realised that it had been three hours I couldn't believe it.

It was a revelation.


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