The Life of Adele

Blue Is The Warmest Color 2013

Blue Is the Warmest Color (French: La Vie d'Adèle - Chapitres 1 & 2 English: The Life of Adèle - Chapters 1 & 2) - it also goes by the name Blue Is the Warmest Color and Adele: Chapters 1 & 2 - a Frech coming-of-age romance-film written / produced and directed by Franco-Tunisian director Abdellatif Kechiche. Based on the French graphic novel of the same name by Julie Maroh. Starring Léa Seydoux and Adèle Exarchopoulos in the lead roles and Salim Kechiouche. Blue Is the Warmest Color won Palme d'Or at Cannes Film Festival from official jury presided by Steven Spielberg, honoring the director’s patience and understanding of characters’ complexity to approach the roles. Film became first of its kind to win Palme d'Or for both director and two lead actresses. Film has also been nominated for Best Foreign Language film by Golden Globes. Critics’ Choice Award (Best Young Actress/Best Foreign Language Film) - Satellite Awards and many more. Duration = 3hrs2min.

Adèle (Adèle Exarchopoulos) is 15-year old resident of Lille (France) underage - she goes to high-school and attends French-literature classes. She lives with her parents. At school she often engages in philosophical discussion - or debate over first-glance-love with her colleagues. Adèle is wooed by senior science student, the two sleep together (explicit display of private parts of male and female). Adèle believes that she is only faking to be true with him, and thus parts her ways. One day while sitting on stairs Adèle and her other friend pass comment on another girl with cute as* - the discussion goes partly sensitive, leaving the two smooch on lips. Next day, Adèle approaches this same girl friend inside lavatory and proceeds to kiss her, until she (Adèle) stops and realizes, later told that the previous day was just a sudden outburst nothing else beyond that. Once again, dejected heart-broken and humiliated, her gay male friend takes her to night gay-club - from where, she sneaks into nearby lesbian-bar, and gazes upon stunning tomboy looking short-blue haired girl Emma (Léa Seydoux). After exchanging glances with each-other, Emma approaches her and introduces herself to be a fine-art student. The relationship Starts..

I am speechless, I have lost my mind, I have been wandering here and there. I cannot take out the picture of Adèle and Emma’s first encounter on roads of Paris, and later that uniquely picturized scene of meeting at lesbian-bar. I am shocked at earth-shaking cinematography by Sofian El Fani (containing shaky-camera).

Abdellatif (mostly in this part of the world, this Muslim name is written more accurately Abdul-Latif - Abdul means ‘servant to Allah Almighty’ and Latif is one of 100 names of Allah = in whole, it means Servant of Latif). I am curious to come to know of his perfect directing work on the film - he seems to have juiced up entire cast and crew in bringing us this ultra-modern lesbian film. I have seen too many movies based on issues pertaining to gay / lesbian; but this latest French film is beyond the previously made movies, simply outshines in its handling of the true and innocent growth of love-feelings.

Why is this, so different lesbian film to be loved? Because, the director interlaced his script with powerful dialogues, taking use of discussion over modernity, fine-art, science, and French literature - or French lifestyle as well as French cuisine. In his interview with newspaper at film festival in Hong Kong, the director mentions that his film is not all about gay, or that he did not intend to focus on first-glance love and how it penetrates our soul. To me, the scenes like 'first encounter between Adèle and Emma on the road and inside lesbian-bar’ keeps the perfect definition of 'first-glance-love’ and I could very much understand this powerful exchange of 'passion-without-words’. Director plays with the story, and makes sure that he does not exclude main-points of society’s effects on these souls, when he puts it, how some male colleagues of Adèle, wants to be with her (unaware about her sex-orientation). There is sense of excitement, that you are sure to experience through the duration of the movie - Adèle’s humiliation and displacement at school will keep jolting you to waiting for Emma’s emergence to protect her from hostile friend-circle - it did keep me waiting impatiently for Emma to come into life of Adèle and take her away from her so-called friends.

Of all the 2013 movies so far, this the most powerful movie ever to come out. A film that so intelligently walks us past a girl’s coming-of-age experience. Greatest performances of the year from both lead actresses (the two deserve Oscar far better than Penelope Cruz or Marion Cotillard). Superb direction from Abdellatif, that Hollywood directors should feel envy. Long after watching this movie, I should never be forgetting about the first-encounter of the two lead actresses both on the road and especially inside the club. 90/100

NOTE:
1. Film contains 7min of explicit-sex scene.
2. Some crew and both lead actresses have complained about their treatment at the hands of the director. But I very much understand, why is that? I just don’t want to comment on this issue, since clash-of-civilization is something which people of our part could understand, but people of west cannot - to them their own culture and way of behaving seems to be adoptive universally.

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Blue Is The Warmest Colour

BITWC Starts of as a fantastic and engaging romance film, then quickly descends into a boring drawn out drama. The film is over 3 hours long, and it definitely is not justified whatsoever.

The dialogue and characters are great and feel genuine, however the gratuitous and indulgent direction let the film down.

The “Controversial sex scenes” while not offensive, are just drawn out, boring and added nothing to the film. If you like pretentious French art house films ..go see it. If not, can’t say I can recommend it.

4/10