Blue is the Warmest Color (2012)

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This is one of those movies that will ruin your life in the absolute best way possible.

Seventeen year old Adéle (Adéle Exarchopoulos) lives her life like any other girl in high school:  Goes to class, tries to have a relationship with boys, and goes out with her friends on the weekend.  She leads her life as a seventeen year old usually does until she meets Emma (Léa Seydoux), an artist with blue hair.

Blue completely categorizes someone’s first love experience beautifully.   It illustrates the beauty and pain of a first real relationship making it a perfect coming of age film for females.  This film is just so beautiful and realistic that it can be at times haunting.

Blue became widely known during Canne for its lesbian sex-scene.  There is a twenty, twenty-five minute sex scene where the actresses do not hold back.  I personally wasn’t too bothered by it because I think that it was needed to fully convey the plot line, but none the less, it is very graphic for a younger audience.

Also, the soundtrack is just one of those that you hear in films that are constantly stuck in your head for weeks.  I loved how the film incorporated “I Follow Rivers” by Lykke Li!  This film is currently available on Netflix.

Overall, a beautiful movie that you will be thinking about months after you watch it.  It’s a two and a half hour commitment with only English subtitles, but most definitely worth it.

4 out of 5 stars


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