Film review: Blue Is the Warmest Colour


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I’d firstly very much like to thank http://glitteringdiamonds.wordpress.com/ for providing me a link to this film. I’m one of those awards whores who like to check nomination predictions a year in advance. Blue is the Warmest Colour scooped a couple of honours at Cannes (including the Palme d’Or) and ever since has been emerging on various Academy-Award prediction lists. So naturally I had to get on it. Alas, it was only shown for a very limited period of time in the UK and in specific areas (aka Camden).

For those who don’t know, Blue is the Warmest Colour is a ‘coming of age’ drama about two French girls who fall in love. It has been shrowded in controversy for its numerous graphic elongated sex scenes. Which to be fair, were unnecessarily long. Particularly the first girl-on-girl one, which felt like 5 minutes long, and very nearly crossed over into the boundaries of hardcore pornography.
Anyway, the film itself I didn’t think was amazing, I quite liked it, but there nothing extraordinary about the story or La+Vie+Adele+Photocall+66th+Annual+Cannes+W0CPQhuE0vulof any happenings. Two girls fall in love, shit happens, so what? What I did think was amazing were the characters; Adèle played by Adèle Exarchopoulos, and Emma played by Léa Seydoux. Screw Meryl Streep getting nominated for August: Osage County, Adèle deserves that nom. A: not just because of the nudity and sex scenes, B: because of that intense verbal argument.

Can we just take a short moment to stop and appreciate how beautiful both Adèle and Léa are please? For real, particularly Léa without that blue hair and pale foundation. What a difference.

Anyway, what else I did think was too long, was the running time of the film – almost 3 hours! Although the length of the film wasn’t bothering me whilst I was watching it because I understood why all the meetings with friends and families, art lingo, special occasions and whatnot were there to display real everyday feelings and emotion. Contextualising the screenplay and each scenario. I do feel that a lot of it could have been condensed, summarised more efficiently. Oh and that really awkward scene in the cafe at the end of the film? bloody hell that would not happen in real life. C’mon.

Anyhow, I don’t have a whole lot more to say about the film really. One thing I will point out is that I wasn’t sure if there was supposed to be some connection between the film title, and Léa’s art? Might be grasping at straws.
I sort of hope and think that it might be nominated for Best Foreign Language film at the Academy Awards. The BAFTAs might give it some neighbourly love, like they did earlier this year with Emmanuelle Riva (which I was ecstatic about!). So possibly some actress nods there.

7/10

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