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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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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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Sound Mix:

Stereo (5.1 surround)| Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

In preparation for her role as Emma, Léa Seydoux attended painting and sculpture lessons. She also undertook extensive reading on arts and philosophy, and visited museums before filming began. To assist her in portraying the masculine characteristics of the arts student role, the director requested Seydoux to go for training sessions to tone up her physique and also study the films of Marlon Brando and James Dean to learn their traits. See more »

Goofs

When Adele first meets Emma's parent's, Emma lights up a cigarette and begins to smoke. In the next shot of Emma, seconds after, the cigarette is almost smoked down to the filter. See more »

Quotes

Adèle: You're talking crap in front of everyone! I'm not a lesbian!
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Japanese Blu-ray release has mosaic over some of the nudity. See more »

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One of the best films I have ever seen. Go immediately.
10 November 2013 | by smdilkeSee 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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