Blue is the Warmest Color is a modest coming of stage story, but its honest and emotional screenplay combined with powerful acting performances turns it into a universally affecting love story.

BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOR centers on a 15-year-old girl named Adèle (Exarchopoulos) who is climbing to adulthood and dreams of experiencing her first love. A handsome male classmate falls for her hard, but an unsettling erotic reverie upsets the romance before it begins. Adèle imagines that the mysterious, blue-haired girl she encountered in the street slips into her bed and possesses her with an overwhelming pleasure. That blue-haired girl is a confident older art student named Emma (Seydoux), who will soon enter Adèle’s life for real, making way for an intense and complicated love story that spans a decade and is touchingly universal in its depiction. (c) IFC

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 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 its toll on the relationship.

The actresses deliver convincing performances and their scenes feel grounded and authentic. They have great chemistry. Adele the-actress-whom-I can’t-pronounce the surname is a force of nature. In one frame she’s all open mouth, messy hair and/or eating with gusto, then the next she’s plain sexy and magnetic.

The film’s main narrative is a modest coming of age story stretched over three hours but still, you end up wondering about Adele. Would she be okay? You never know, but you hope for the best. And that is proof of how powerful this movie can be. Past the seemingly choreographed scissoring and ass play, its a captivating story that you can relate to at some level, even if you’re not gay.

My Rating: 8/10

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