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July 16, 2018 12:39 pm

Review: Blue is the Warmest Color (2013)




Director: Abdellatif Kechiche
Noticeable actors: Léa Seydoux, Adèle Exarchopoulos
Genres: Drama/Romance

I went to see this movie mid-November under pressure of my friends who really wanted to it. They’re all into indie films. Me? Not so. So I went to see the movie without any expectations, I didn’t even do any research on the movie to see what it’s about. Not having looked up what the movie was about was probably the best thing for me to do. When you type the title into Google, you get key words like lesbianporn, teenage sex and of course: blue hair. This is not really my kind of movie, but surprisingly: I loved it.

The movie has kept its French origin, so it’s completely spoken in French, which I think is an added value to the movie. The movie is about the very realistic love story of two teenage girls. Adele is struggling with her sexuality – she is finding out that she’s a lesbian. This was frustrating to her because she didn’t even know she was gay. Until she met Emma, who changed her life, that’s when she was sure.
Emma is an eccentric arts student who’s not even aware of how much she turned Adele’s life upside down. Adele and Emma fall in love and Adele has never been so happy before. However, she had to overcome some obstacles; her friends having suspicions of her sexual  preference and masking that Emma is actually just a friend – and not a girlfriend- to her parents.

The couple build up a life together and seem pretty happy but when Emma gets in over her head with her art work, that’s when it all goes wrong. Adele is a teacher and when she comes home, she does all the household chores and still gives her big love a lot of affection. Her counterpart does not seem to do the same thing. She’s too busy with work. So Adele finds her affection with someone else – a guy… Emma eventually finds out and she bans Adele out of her life, she just can’t forgive her. I found this the most interesting part of the movie because in the beginning, Emma was cheating on her then-girlfriend with Adele and Adele never said anything about it. Emma got away with it. But when Adele does the same with Emma – karma? – Adele can’t be forgiven and her life falls apart.

Emma goes on with her life and finds a new girlfriend. Adele, on the other hand, is a wreck, can’t forget Emma and thinks about her constantly. She’s tried so many times to get Emma back but she just can’t be with Adele anymore, she’s found someone else…

This story is a very realistic one – one of the most realistic movies I’ve ever seen. And although there are a lot of lesbian sex scenes, this does not make this movie a porn movie. It shows the sincere love between two young girls who are crazy in love with each other.

Be open-minded and go see this movie! You won’t regret it!


Score: 4 stars!

Emily Van Torre

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