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Blue is the Warmest Color Review: Elegant and Absorbing Drama

Blue is the Warmest Color is a modest coming of stage story, but its emotional script and great performances turn it into a universally affecting love story.

Blue is the Warmest Color clocks in at 3 hours, but time flies by as it grips, shakes, and drops you. The film develops the story organically instead of throwing in cliches, making you emotionally invested in a love story of two people who just happen to be of the same sex.

The film traces the life of its lead as she discovers love and experiences a sexual awakening. As it progresses the scenes provide an insight into the couple’s relationship. As lust cools off and desire settles, the two eventually find out that they have little in common. Emma wants something more, while Adele is contented with everything just as it is. Emotional complexities eventually take their toll on the relationship.

The actresses deliver convincing performances and their scenes feel grounded and authentic. Léa Seydoux and Adèle Exarchopoulos have great chemistry.  The sex scenes are long and graphic. I’ll leave the criticism of that to the better informed lesbian community.

The film’s main narrative is a modest coming of age story stretched over three hours. But still, you ache for Adele and hope for the best. And that is proof of how powerful this movie can be. Past the choreographed scissoring and ass play, it’s a captivating story that you can relate to at some level, even if you’re not gay.

Blue is the Warmest Color

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Blue is the Warmest Color is a modest coming of stage story, but its emotional script and great performances turn it into a universally affecting love story.

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