Blue Is the Warmest Colour / La vie d’Adèle 接近無限溫暖的藍 (2013) – France

Review by: Andrew Chan FCCA AACTA FIPRESCI
Review Date: 23rd December 2013

Director: Abdellatif Kechiche
Starring: Léa Seydoux, Adèle Exarchopoulos, Salim Kechiouche

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What a film that was. “Blue Is the Warmest Colour” is not only epic, but the manner it goes about depicting emotions, love, society, ambitions and life is almost unparalleled. The film is so well acted that everything seems like real life. Léa Seydoux shines as Emma, the dominant of the pair and Adèle Exarchopoulos is equally brilliant as the lead character depicting and encapsulating the essence of regret. Not unlike Wong Kar Wai’s most matured effort in cinema, “Happy Together”, director Abdellatif Kechiche knows love and relationship well and the details he goes about everything is almost breathtaking to endure. There is a scene in the restaurant where two meet again, after years of separation, the tears that dwell on their eyes shows precisely how much they love each other, yet there is no way they will be together again. “Blue Is the Warmest Colour” is likely to be 2013’s most powerful film and easily one of the best.

Adèle Exarchopoulos is absolutely stunning as the curious young girl about her sexuality who ended up going through with her desire to be a lesbian. Her relationship with Léa Seydoux simply radiates the screen as the two is almost inseparable both on-screen and off (lingering with audiences perfectly). Léa Seydoux as Emma is particularly wonderful and her blue hair simply captures the audience’s attention and oozes beauty in every erotic scenes she shares with Adèle. The two have such a powerful chemistry that makes the film works so seamlessly and evocatively within the audience’s mind and heart. In fact, it goes without saying that without the two leading performances, “Blue Is the Warmest Colour” will never be the same film.

There are times, when I literally forgot that I am actually watching a movie. Any critics or people that do not mention the explicit sex scenes are in denial. The sex and nudity while explicitly and controversially shot, with a couple of shots showing female genitals are never crude, but showing the freedom and pure love in the form of physical touch, sex, naked bodies and passion. While the film never reaches a point where the audience emotes deeper within their hearts, we are constantly connected to everything that goes on in the relationship. Whether it is Adèle waiting for Emma or one neglecting another without noticing. Blue is a powerful colour that can express numerous meanings and as the film reaches Chapter 2, Emma’s hair goes back to normal, clearly suggesting after passion, everything eventually goes back to normal.

All in all, “Blue Is the Warmest Colour” shows the audience how difficult a relationship is and the aftermath effects that goes on and on. Nothing is easy in life and director Abdellatif Kechiche does not hide or glorify any aspect of love, life or achievements. “Blue Is the Warmest Colour” won the highest honour at this year’s Cannes Film Festival and as a film, the subject matter, the sex scenes, the nudity have managed to cause plenty of divided opinions. However, there is no denying that “Blue Is the Warmest Colour” is one of best film of the year and probably a film that will stand the test of time for many years to come. This is not a perfect film, but there a few films in life, where you just cannot find an area of improvement or how it can be better. In fact, the performances of Adèle Exarchopoulos and Léa Seydoux deserves a bow… (Neo 2013)

I rated it 10/10

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