Monday, December 30, 2013

Blue Is The Warmest Color

When the film, Blue is the Warmest Color was awarded the grand prix at the Cannes Film Festival in 2013, the jury, headed by incomparable Steven Spielberg, did an unusual thing. Instead of giving the plaque to the director of the film, Abdellatif Kechiche, as is the custom, the jury also decided to honour the film’s stars: Adèle Exarchopoulos and Léa Seydoux. When you see the film, you would understand why. The film wouldn’t have been what it is without the two actors doing what they did in the film, especially Adèle Exarchopoulos as the film’s protagonist Adèle.

A lot has been about the prolonged scenes of sex between the two female protagonists. For a lot of people, it actually killed the film’s appeal. This is a pity really, because, to tell the true, these lovemaking scenes actually mean nothing to the love story that the film explores. These scenes can really be cut from the already three-hour film, and it would make no difference.

The film explores the one great love of a sixteen-year-old girl and how it started and how it ended. No, the traditional storytelling narrative is not important here. What are important are the moments, of joy and heartbreak and that feeling of being in love, all captured by Kechiche in a languid, lyrical, unhurried way, so much so that the audience drawn to the world Adèle and Emma inhabits. There is scene in the beginning of the film, where Adèle is eating spaghetti and the camera lingers on her face and stays there. And, in no time, we feel affinity for her.

If ever a film was hypnotic, this is that film. It is easy for filmmakers to create sympathy of their characters, but it is especially difficult to create empathy for them. What you feel here is pure empathy. Anyone who was ever be in love and has lost it will identify with Adèle and her journey.

2013 has been a strong years for movie, and Blue is the Warmest Color is one of the best, a film for ages.

Blue Is the Warmest Colour (French: La Vie d'Adèle – Chapitres 1 & 2 – "The Life of Adèle – Chapters 1 & 2"), also known as Adele: Chapters 1 & 2, is a 2013 French romantic coming of age drama film written, produced, and directed by Abdellatif Kechiche. At the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, the film unanimously won the Palme d'Or from the official jury and the FIPRESCI Prize. It is the first film to have the Palme d'Or awarded to both the director and the lead actresses, with Léa Seydoux and Adèle Exarchopoulos becoming the only women apart from director Jane Campion to have ever won the award. Blue Is the Warmest Colour is based on the 2010 French graphic novel of the same name by Julie Maroh.

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