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), Ghalya Lacroix (scenario, adaptation and dialogue) (as Ghalia Lacroix) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 86 wins & 103 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 ... Antoine
Mona Walravens Mona Walravens ... Lise
Alma Jodorowsky ... Béatrice
Jérémie Laheurte ... Thomas
Anne Loiret ... Mère Emma
Benoît Pilot Benoît Pilot ... Beau Père Emma
Sandor Funtek ... Valentin
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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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Blazingly emotional and explosively sexy.

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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The first film adaption of a graphic novel to win the Palme D'Or. See more »

Goofs

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: What's your name?
Adèle: Adèle.
Emma: Pretty name, Adèle.
Emma: Adèle means something in Arabic. I think it means mmmm...
[thinking]
Emma: Sun.
Emma: [Adèle nodding] Hope.
Emma: [Adèle nodding] Love.
Adèle: [laughing] It means justice.
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Alternate Versions

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

Connections

References Buena Vista Social Club (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

Mi Corazoncito
Written by Romeo Santos
Performed by Aventura
Courtesy of Premium Latin Music / The Orchard
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Certainly pushes boundaries, Shows new look on life
23 September 2013 | by Prime50See all my reviews

Of the two competition films I saw in Cannes, this was luckily one of them. If you enjoy foreign cinema at all you will likely find this mesmerizing. I'm a straight male but I couldn't help but feel strongly for the two women during this unconventional love story.

I'll go ahead and let you know that the sex scenes are incredibly graphic (though some have claimed they are unrealistic) and VERY long. I didn't clock any of them but I'm pretty sure one of them is 15 minutes. So, fair warning.

I'd recommend BItWC to anyone who didn't like Transformers 3 or Pirates F-ing 17. Great acting. Great direction. Strong Story. Plus, it's the Palm d'Or.


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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 Colour See more »

Filming Locations:

Lille, Nord, France See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

EUR4,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$100,316, 27 October 2013

Gross USA:

$2,199,787

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$19,465,835
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Stereo (5.1 surround)| Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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