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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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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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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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Stereo (5.1 surround)| Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

There was controversy surrounding Abdellatif Kechiche and his work methods. It was revealed that he would do hundreds of takes for small scenes to achieve the desired realism of the story, and his intense directorial style was borderline abusive. Both actresses stated that the film looks so real because Kechiche pushed them to their breaking point, and that they were really struggling. They also said that they did not wish to work with him again. 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

Emma: Why are you lying?
Adèle: I'm not lying.
Emma: Then why are you crying?
Adèle: I'm not crying.
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Japanese Blu-ray release has mosaic over some of the nudity. See more »

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References Dora the Explorer (2000) See more »

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An extraordinary Love story, applicable to all of us !!
8 November 2013 | by kriddirkSee all my reviews

I waited some days to review this title after seeing this film. This movie triggered me thinking about love and life and I waited to give it my neutral review. I am watching movies since the latest 30 years and I have to say ; This movie is special !! After 30 years of seeing all kind of movies I have narrowed my scope of movies to see. They have to be special, show me something different, give me ideas to think about or to evaluate in my own life. So, movies like World war Z is not directly my style. This movie although is one of the best love stories I have seen. No unnecessary emotional or cuteness parts, each part of the story is real and genius. It is the soft moments of a love story, the hard moments bringing to the screen. The movie is made in away you are in the skin of Adele and Emma ( can't remember the actress names ). They take you with them in their love story, their feelings. That is also the reason that the 3 hours of the movie is not too long at all. I was surprised it took 3 hours when the film ended. The movie handles the passion between them, a passion that many of us forget over the years in a relation. That passion is also expressed in about 3 sex scenes, 3 scenes which are quiet honest and direct. Some people will find these scenes too long ( one of them could take 10 minutes ), but I find it necessary to establish your follow up of the passion they have between each other, so that when things goes worse you also are one with the situation.

This movie, natural, honest about love, life and sexuality could be attended by children of 12 and more, if they are explained things of life ( they also can see all kind of war movies … ). Many will say "Oh, lesbian movie, what the hell you are". This is a movie for all of us, independent of your orientation being gay, hetero, bisexual, … It is a Love story.

Each feeling, being angry / disappointment / sad / etc …, can be seen on the faces of Adele and Emma and by this I have to say that these actresses are just superb, in fact I don't know another word to say extraordinary acting. It has certainly been very difficult for them to make this film. The director : Bravo to him.

There are some scenes which are just fantastic : The first meeting between them, the encounter between them in the lesbian bar in which Adele is in a strange world as adolescent. The tree scene, where they actually get in love both of them. The level of a good love story with all it's feelings and situations has been raised to a higher one. Who can ever do this better.

And the last remark. The film treats the love story, it's personal problems, the passion, but does not handle the problems which can have their family or friends, not in detail.

And now, go and watch it !


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