Blue is the Warmest Colour (2013), Abdellatif Kechiche


Directed by Abdellatif Kechiche, Blue is the Warmest Colour is a “romantic, coming to age drama” set in France.  And “romantic coming to age” means, discovering your sexuality and a real life lesbian relationship.

The movie centers around Adèle, a highschool student who hangs out with the usual crowd of girls who gossip and talk about relationships constantly. They tease her about this one guy who obviously likes her to bits, and being young and able,  she eventually takes the bite.

They date and have sex. Doing their first date, she’s walking through a square and notices a woman with short, blue hair. This was the moment she falls in love, love at first sight! But then it just ends right there. The date continues and she eventually gets in bed with the guy.  The sex wasn’t anything spectacular and she ends the relationship shortly after.  As a Canadian looking into France, I feel like that was a very french thing to do for a 18 year old, regarding sex. Mature, but very french.

Since she’s had that love at first sight moment, the idea of liking women is a constant in her mind. Little situations following it leads her to eventually going to a gay bar with a friend. She slowly slips away to the lesbian section. You can feel that she was in this new exciting environment. She experiences strong, dominant advances by some of the ladies,  with the blue haired gal, Emma- eventually saving her. This starts their relationship.

What I really liked about this film was how the director really demonstrated and used time to the story’s advantage. It wasn’t all in a week or mysterious time frame. It was days, months, years. You felt involved.

I also enjoyed the choice of characters and how down to earth Adèle was. I liked her messy hair, I liked how naive, but confident she was. I guess in a sense, that I wish I could have been there at 18.

You also got a good story of a person discovering her sexuality and her self. Something which will always be a learning process for everyone, but it was special in the film to watch it happen. I think it was the reason it won the “Palme D’Or” at the Cannes.

I recommend this movie to anyone looking for a good, solid love story to watch.  It’s not a fairy tale, but you get great sex scenes and a real life ending.








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