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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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Storyline

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

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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)

Gross:

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

Léa Seydoux had her hair cropped by a barber in Paris' 18th arrondissement and dyed blue, months before the shooting began. During filming, she had to re-dye her hair every day for continuity, and many times it was director, Abdellatif Kechiche, who did her color himself. 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 »

Quotes

Emma: I was big on Sartre in high school.
Adèle: Really?
Emma: It did me good. Especially in affirming my freedom and my own values. And the rigorousness of his commitments. I agree with it.
Adèle: Sort of like Bob Marley. Almost.
Emma: [laughs] I'm not so sure of it.
Adèle: I'm almost sure of it. Their ideas are similar. You know "Get Up, Stand Up"?
Emma: Yeah I know it.
Adèle: He's committed.
Emma: [Nodding in agreement] It's true.
Adèle: Same as Sartre. A philosopher, a prophet, same thing.
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References Ni Hao, Kai-Lan (2008) See more »

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Bonbon
Traditional Guinean Song
Performed by Mamadoudian Camara, Lucile, Célia, Quitterie, Pierre, Mathieu
Courtesy of ARB Music
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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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