MOVIE NIGHT | Blue Is The Warmest Colour


If you haven't seen this Palme d'Or winner you've most likely heard of it due to the bit of controversy surrounding it...the two main actresses and other crew members had issues with the director Abdellatif Kechiche and much was made of the long and graphic 'rude' scenes', all the more 'shocking' according to the media due to the actors in them both being women. But for this film to be remembered only as 'the one with the lesbian sex scenes' would do it a huge injustice. 

Based on Julie Maroh's graphic novel of the same name, Blue Is The Warmest Colour centres around Adèle (Adèle Exarchopoulos) and her relationship with Emma (Léa Seydoux). Maroh herself has complained the film is just a straight man's fantasy of a lesbian affair which is what put me off watching it for so long. However, after seeing it for myself I disagree. Yes, those scenes are probably unnecessarily long and graphic but they're just a small part of the film. For me, it's a film about love and the fact that the two leads just happen to be women isn't really what the focus is about if you get what I mean. I'd say it's more to do with relationships between people of different social classes...Adèle is from a working class background whilst Emma's family are very different. I won't go into the plot too much, to be honest if I were to just describe the story to you it wouldn't sound all that interesting but it's 100% worth a watch for the masterful performances of the two leads and the way it's filmed. It's just raw, emotional and feels very real. I'm a huge film fan but it takes a lot even for me to not lose concentration after three hours of subtitles (it's  a French speaking picture)...however I just didn't want it to end! Even months after watching it the characters are still with me.

If you have Netflix Blue Is The Warmest Colour is available on there! Have you seen this film? Would love to know what you think!


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25 comments:

  1. I've never even heard of it! One for the watch list for sure. :) I love Netflix, I've just started Lilyhammer and it's hilaire. <3


    Tara x

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  2. I've never heard of this film before, I'm rather intrigued. I'll check it out on Netflix xx

    Ioanna | Hearting.co.uk

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  3. I couldn't agree with you more, I put this on last week as background noise (and to see how much French I could understand!!) and within minutes was completely absorbed by the story and the relationship between Adele and Emma, it felt like an incredibly real portrayal of love and was completely engrossing.
    M x Life Outside London

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  4. Hmmm I've not heard of this before but sounds intriguing. Have to admit I'm not the best with subtitles, mainly because I tend to put Netflix on for a bit of bedtime viewing and more often than not fall asleep! :) xx


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  5. I've been tossing up on whether I should watch this, it seems inevitable I will, as the pool of movies about female relationships of this kind is dismally small, but those comments about it being offensive and the fact that it was so upsetting to the actresses (I remember they just cried through a press conference for it, so awful!) have really put me off so far! Maybe I'll give it a watch one of these days when I'm not too tired for subtitles, because I AM curious.

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  6. I'll see if it's on Netflix Canada. Thanks for the review, Josie. I'm now intrigued!

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  7. Ow.. definitely to watch out for! Interesting!

    Jessica
    notjessfashion.com

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  8. I watched this earlier this year and used it in an essay I had - it's a great film and I do love the story.

    Not a fan of the director though, because of the way he treated both Adele and Lea, and he sounds like a right creep.
    But yes, I didn't expect to like it as much as I did!

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  9. Oh damn, thought my comment had posted!


    Anyway, what I said was that I didn't expect to enjoy it as much as I did. It was a beautiful film and like you said, THAT SCENE only took up a small portion of the film.


    I used it as a discussion point in an essay in my first year of uni and when doing the research, yes, the director sounds like an absolute douche with the way he treated Lea and Adele.




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  10. Haven't heard of this before but I'll watch it :)

    Serene xoxo

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  11. Guess what I'm watching this weekend! Haha xx

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  12. I've not heard of this but it does sound interesting! I'm currently working my way through Orange is the New Black - not a film but a good series on Netflix if you haven't tried that :) xx

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  13. I've heard about this movie and I really want to
    watch it because of this interesting storyline!
    Xx http://icepandora.blogspot.com

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  14. I've never heard of this film so I'll make sure I check it out.

    Lizzie's Daily Blog

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  15. I must have had my head stuck underground as I haven't heard of this sounds interesting though so will have to check out on Netflix Lucy x

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  16. I cannot wait to see this, great review!



    Camille xo


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  17. I feel like I might have read about this somewhere but can't remember where! Anyway, I think I'll give it a go! It sounds a little different :) xx

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  18. I've been wanting to see this film for a while now, so thank you for the review and the reminder to get watching! :)

    I have a new outfit post up, would love to know your thoughts:

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    x

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  19. I know what I'll be watching tonight on netflix! Sounds like a really interesting movie :)

    Melane | Pure Perspective

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  20. Oh, I might watch this! I love French films, they're always amazing and I own tonnes on DVD.


    Corinne x
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  21. I'd been wanting to watch this ever since it came out so when I saw it was on Netflix a couple weeks ago I grabbed the opportunity whilst I could. I'd completely forgotten it was in French but it was good practice as I've recently moved to France and made me feel smug when I understood the dialogue haha. Smugness aside, I couldn't agree with you more that it is such an intense and emotional story (it made my boyfriend cry, haha). Despite its length I really didn't want the film to end - such a credit to the actresses and their talent, its sad that they had a horrible director.


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  22. I haven't see this, I will definitely have to check it out now!!
    erinandkatherine.blogspot.ca

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  23. I saw this post and before reading I watched the film on netflix this evening. I remember hearing about it as well. totally agree, the sex scene was just a small part of the film. once the film had finished i had long forgotten about the sex scene and was thinking about the love story. I thought she was going to commit suicide towards the end. Glad it didn't end like that but it was still a sad story. ALSO how much did the blue haired girl look like Kate Moss!!! Hope you are well. :) xxx

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  24. Never even heard of it, I'll have to give it a watch, sounds excellant! x

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  25. I saw this was on Netflix the other day and considered watching it. I was exhausted at the time though so couldnt face a film with subtitles- will definitely give it a go on a slightly more alert day though!

    Faye
    Freckles and All

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