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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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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 84 wins & 94 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Emma
... Adèle
... Samir
... Père Adèle
... Mère Adèle
Benjamin Siksou ... Antoine
Mona Walravens ... Lise
... Béatrice
... Thomas
Anne Loiret ... Mère Emma
... Beau Père Emma
... Valentin
Fanny Maurin ... Amélie
Maelys Cabezon ... Laetitia
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 ~mEp (mep1)

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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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Release Date:

9 October 2013 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Blue Is the Warmest Color  »

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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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2.35 : 1
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Adèle Exarchopoulos said that she was cast as the part of Adèle because of the way she ate. See more »

Goofs

When Adele first sees Emma on the zebra crossing, she is heading to the prefecture of Lille but in the next scene she can be seen at the great square. This is impossible as the square is in the direction she is coming from when she sees Emma. See more »

Quotes

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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Referenced in 73 Questions: 73 Questions with Emily Ratajkowski (2015) See more »

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Bon Anniversaire
Music by Louiguy
Lyrics by Jacques Larue
Courtesy of EMI Music Publishing France / Sidomusic B. Liechti & Cie
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One of the most emotionally intense, powerful movies of the year
27 December 2013 | by 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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