At 15 years old, Adèle (Adèle Exarchopoulos) is tentatively embarking on relationships and exploring her sexuality. She meets Emma (Léa Seydoux), an aspiring artist with dyed blue hair, and Adèle’s world is turned upside down. The women embark on an intense love affair that will have a lasting effect on them both.
Kechiche’s adaptation of Julie Maroh’s graphic novel has caused considerable controversy since it won the Palme d’Or at Cannes earlier this year, with complaints about the director’s working methods and a focus on the film’s intimate depiction of lesbian sex threatening to detract from its brilliance. Beyond the furor, Blue is the Warmest Colour emerges as a daring film that evocatively depicts the pleasures of being in love and the pain of heartbreak while acknowledging the fragile line between those two states. (Notes by Michael Hayden.)
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