Watching "Blue is the Warmest Color"
Published on November 26, 2013 by Sara Foss

Over at the DG, I review the new French film "Blue is the Warmest Color."

Here's an excerpt:

"Don’t be fooled by the nearly three-hour running time, the explicit sex scenes or the naturalistic, immersive filmmaking: 'Blue is the Warmest Color' is a coming-of-age story, about the joy and heartbreak of first love. This is a tale that’s been told many, many times, though seldom as emotionally or provocatively. Or as controversially.

'Blue is the Warmest Color' won the Palme d’Or at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival, marking the first time the award was given to both a film’s director and leads. But this triumph was followed by discord. The stars of the film, Adèle Exarchopoulos and Léa Seydoux, accused director Abdellatif Kechiche of being abusive and said they would never work with him again; Kechiche responded by saying that the film 'shouldn’t be released, it has been soiled too much.' Of course, the film has been released, despite his protestations, and moviegoers are free to watch the film, see what the hype and fighting is all about and come to their own conclusions about the merits of Kechiche’s movie."

Click here to read the whole thing.

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