LGBTQ CinemaBlue is the Warmest Colour, Chapters 1 & 2
drama / Belgium, France, Spain, Tunis / 2013cast:
Léa Seydoux, Adèle Exarchopoulos, Salim Kechiouche
The film begins when the main character, Adele, is 15 years old. She is in high school and experiences her first crush, first sexual intercourse and her first heartbreak. Yet, she has no doubt about one thing: girls go out with boys. Her life changes forever when she meets Emma, a young blue-haired girl. Thanks to her, Adela discovers her desires and above all, she discovers her own genuine femininity. We see how Adele matures, searching for her own way, losing it and finding it back again.
The young actresses are the true revelation of the film. Adele Exarchopoulos’ and Lea Seydoux’s naturalness on screen is a great value and determines the success of “Blue is the Warmest Colour”. The story on its own is equally beautiful – the lovers and their destiny, the mismatch, the passion and its inevitable, slow and tender fading.
The film has received the Palme d’Or in Cannes. Paweł T. Felis wrote in “Gazeta Wyborcza”: “… the freshest, the most unpretentious, yet hypnotic film of this year’s festival. (…) In some sense it is a true manifesto of an unpretentious youth, with all its emotional and erotic feverishness, with its impatience and inexhaustible hunger for life (…) Kechiche walks a well-known path: his film is yet something of the spirit of “Breathless” or the memorable “Kids” – the simplicity, unpretentiousness, and the extraordinary skillfulness in observing the young people in their own time and space”.