“Blue is the Warmest Colour” Review ✦✦✦✦✦

12 January, 2017

Year of Release: 2013
Director: Abdellatif Kechiche
Screenwriters: Abdellatif Kechiche, Ghalia Lacroix
Director of Photography: Sofian El Fani
Cast: Adèle Exarchopoulos, Léa Seydoux

Synopsis: A high school student coming to terms with her sexuality embarks on a journey of self-discovery, falling in love with a young woman with blue hair, and eventually having to deal with the heart-breaking consequences of a whirlwind romance.

Blue is the Warmest Colour Review:

A riveting, mature, and passionately true study of the entire spectrum of human emotion, “Blue is the Warmest Colour” is a film comprised of hundreds of small moments and it consists of enough eating, sleeping, conversing, and touching to create a comprehensive document of life and what it means to exist. The film is an exploration of human connection as much as it is a raw and tangible life story in which the power and value of the close-up are expanded to allow for the most in-depth character analysis possible.

As enrapturing as it is heart-breaking, “Blue is the Warmest Colour” travels from the highest heights of joy to the deepest depths of despair as writer-director Abdellatif Kechiche uses his three hours wisely, scrapping the more melodramatic elements of the graphic novel in favour of creating a more understated and inherently cinematic production. Kechiche understands everything, from the innermost secrets of his characters to the way music can be used to express feeling and connection, and he captures once-in-a-lifetime moments while delicately unpacking Adèle’s deepest frustrations and desires.

“Blue is the Warmest Colour” captures such a profound sense of realism within both the banal and the extraordinary that romantic chemistry effortlessly develops between lead actresses Adèle Exarchopoulos and Léa Seydoux as they experience the highs and lows of love in the most intimate and explicit fashion. Cheeks brush, bodies move, a kiss morphs into a smile and later into a tear in a film that’s as emotionally deep as it is gracefully crafted.


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