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Blue Is the Warmest Color (2013)

La vie d'Adèle (original title)
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Adèle's life is changed when she meets Emma, a young woman with blue hair, who will allow her to discover desire and to assert herself as a woman and as an adult. In front of others, Adèle grows, seeks herself, loses herself, and ultimately finds herself through love and loss.

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Abdellatif Kechiche (scenario, adaptation and dialogue), Ghalia Lacroix (scenario, adaptation and dialogue) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 85 wins & 95 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Léa Seydoux ... Emma
Adèle Exarchopoulos ... Adèle
Salim Kechiouche ... Samir
Aurélien Recoing ... Père Adèle
Catherine Salée ... Mère Adèle
Benjamin Siksou Benjamin Siksou ... Antoine
Mona Walravens Mona Walravens ... Lise
Alma Jodorowsky ... Béatrice
Jérémie Laheurte ... Thomas
Anne Loiret Anne Loiret ... Mère Emma
Benoît Pilot ... Beau Père Emma
Sandor Funtek ... Valentin
Fanny Maurin Fanny Maurin ... Amélie
Maelys Cabezon Maelys Cabezon ... Laetitia
Samir Bella Samir Bella ... Samir
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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 ahmetkozan

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Blazingly emotional and explosively sexy.

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Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

France | Belgium | Spain

Language:

French | English

Release Date:

9 October 2013 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Blue Is the Warmest Color See more »

Filming Locations:

Lille, Nord, France See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

€4,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$100,316, 27 October 2013, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,199,675, 9 March 2014
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Stereo (5.1 surround)| Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The film that Thomas and Adele are viewing in the theater, early in the film, is Gaspar Noe's Enter The Void (2009). See more »

Goofs

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 »

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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Alternate Versions

Japanese Blu-ray release has mosaic over some of the nudity. See more »

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

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Courtesy of Universal Publishing Production Music France / Koka Media
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The life of Adele
3 November 2013 | by zetesSee all my reviews

This year's Palm d'Or winner is a coming of age story about a teenage girl, Adele (the literal title in French is The Life of Adele), who discovers her homosexuality and begins a relationship with Emma, a college student. For a while, I was thinking this was a good but fairly unremarkable entry into the queer cinema canon, but, over the film's three hours, well, you see why the long running time was necessary. It is just a very detailed picture of a life. It feels more real than most films - it feels like more time has past and that we've just felt Adele's growth. Frankly, I didn't feel the length of it at all - I wanted it to be longer. It really helps that the actresses are so perfect. Adele Exarchopoulos is simply fantastic - this is the performance of the year, really. Her face is so expressive. The film takes place over several years, and you really do see her grow from a child to an adult. Lea Seydoux plays Emma. Her role is less demanding, but she's still great in it. Now, the biggest story of this film has probably been the graphic sex scenes. My opinion on them: I actually do think they're a bit too graphic, gratuitous and almost pornographic. I try to justify them artistically in my mind, and I'm afraid I can't. There's a plot point near the end where you kind of have to know that the girls' sex life was fantastic, but I'm not sure we had to see it in anywhere near as much detail as we did. They're without a doubt awkward to sit through, but they don't ruin the film either.


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