ELLE reviews Blue is the Warmest Colour

Controversial and extraordinary


Autumn's indie must-watch is the explicit story of two young French women falling in love.

If you've already heard of this year's Cannes Palme D'or-winner, Blue is the Warmest Colour - it¹s probably because of the film's much talked about ten-minute lesbian sex scene. But there is so much more to this extraordinary tale of passionate, all-consuming love.
High-school junior Adèle (Adèle Exarchopoulos) is 15 when she senses something is amiss in her love life. School friend Thomas (the very good-looking Jeremie Laheurte) is keen, but she simply isn't interested.

However one fleeting encounter with the blue-haired Fine Arts student Emma (Léa Seydoux) and she can't forget her face.

Skip forward a few years and the pair are together living a life of domestic, yet fragile, bliss.

Yes, you will watch some of the most graphic girl-on-girl sex scenes in cinema, but Blue goes way beyond soft French pornography.

This coming-of-age narrative, loosely based on Julie Maroh's graphic novel Le Bleu est Une Couleur Chaude, is an 180 minute celebration of love, life and sexuality - and the importance of self fulfillment outside of a relationship.

Director Abdellatif Kechiche captures every flicker of emotion on the young actresses faces and leaves you totally engrossed.

Three hours fly by. Do not miss this film.

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Blue is the Warmest Colour is in cinemas now

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