For this month’s next review for Genre Grandeur – Foreign Language Film (2013-Present), here’s a review of Blue is the Warmest Color (2013) by Troy of The Review Club
Thanks again to Jordan of Epileptic Moondancer for choosing this month’s interesting (if not uncomfortable for me) genre.
Next month’s Genre has been chosen by Jane of 500 Days of Film She has chosen another genre that is well out of my own comfort zone but I am up for the challenge. We will be reviewing our favorite Horror Films
Please get me your submissions by the 25th of Aug by sending them to firstname.lastname@example.org Try to think out of the box! Great choice Jane!
Let’s see what Troy thought of this movie:
BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOUR (2013)
This a beautiful story of love and relationships. The film may be 3 hours long but it doesn’t ever feel like a stretch and you get wrapped up in the plot and the romance/passion shown between the two actresses.
The motives of blue are clear and tie in well with Adele’s curious nature of blue being something different to her. Blue is the colour of the gay bar, blue on the girl’s fingernails that she kisses in the toilets, obviously blue in Emma’s hair and then Adele herself dresses in blue as a somber reminder of what once was when she visits the gallery. Cleverly, the readings in class are also relevant in the passages being read aloud bearing resemblance to what is about to or what has just happened with Adele. The scene in the school with her so called friends prying for answers is cut quickly back and forth making the whole moment feel worse and it’s a well shot bullying scene where you feel for Adele.
Another motive, is in the subtext of Emma and Adele, as they talk about skin and food, mainly oysters which throws up clear connotations and it leads to the discovery that Emma likes oysters and Adele isn’t a fan of seafood at first; a nice parallel to their sexual confidence in Emma being a proud lesbian while Adele is only just venturing into this orientation. The difference in families shows how accepting they are as Emma’s parents talk openly about a range of deep things while Adele’s parents think Emma is a study friend and talk banally about things.
The only little niggles I had with the film was the classroom scenes with Adele teaching, as it both added to the length of the film and sometimes nothing of importance or metaphorical relevance happened. Secondly after stating she didn’t like some teachers as they closed off her imagination why did she want to become a teacher? I guess she wanted to be that exception to her rule maybe. Also it was a relationship that I did feel for in the most part and you got wrapped up in their instant love and erotic affection but I couldn’t help feeling at times they weren’t really suited for each other, so the ending was right.
The performances are stellar. Lea Seydoux plays the more tomboyish part of the couple, with her smirk and wide eyes speaking a thousand words. Adele Exarchopoulos is magnificent and you feel for her whirlwind journey through sex and love. The scene in the cafe where she meets up with Emma is touching and Exarchopoulos’ tears feel painfully real. This is the strength of the movie that it does all feel stunningly real. The acting is top class and through the probably awkward to shoot sex scenes you believe they’re having fun exploring each others bodies, you believe they fall in love with each other from the first time they see each other. It’s an odd up and down relationship where at times you feel like it’s rushed, but then in real life that can be the case. The two French actresses are the best things about this film and they pull you into this story from the very beginning.
A piece of filmmaking about love that will stay with me for a long time and a bold tale of gay partnership that doesn’t hold back. It’s a blue film with a realistic hand crafting the story from beginning to end and it’s played to stunning perfection by the evocative and tender acting of Seydoux and Exarchopoulos.