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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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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

(5.1 surround)|


Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


One of the sex scenes took 10 days to film. See more »


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 »


Adèle: I miss you. I miss not touching each other. Not seeing each other, not breathing in each other. I want you. All the time. No one else.
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Crazy Credits

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Referenced in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #22.36 (2013) See more »


So Far S'Good
Written and performed by Mark G Hart and Stephen Emil Dudas
Courtesy of Extreme Music France
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Great scenes with beautiful characters
14 November 2013 | by See all my reviews

I certainly blinked when I found out this movie was 3 hours long, especially considering that it won the Palm d'Or where many winners have a slow and painful plot. This movie on the other hand does a great job keeping every scene riveting through great dialog and riveting emotions. I would compare many of the scenes in this movie to Tarantino scenes where scenes take on a life of their own. Cleverness and awkwardness were dispersed in a way to make it seem real and ultimately human. I felt wonderfully disappointed when certain scenes ended. The actresses held nothing back in their body language and added much to the moment-to-moment importance of their character development.

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