"When I watched "Blue is the Warmest Colour" for the first time, I was viewing it as the individual that I am who can appreciate a great movie. Not from a religious standpoint, if that was the case, I may have never seen such an extraordinary film!" - Savannah Joy
Most religious people will say, "It's just a movie about lesbians, and lesbianism is wrong, so I want nothing to do with that" honestly, they couldn't sound more tasteless. You've watched Peter Pan, right? Tell me, while you were watching it were you thinking about how there's no scientific evidence to back it up? Or were you enjoying the magic of it!? My point exactly, mate.
Even director, Abdellatif Kechiche was questioned about it, "Did you make the movie as an LGBT statement?" That question actually offended him a little, because the answer is 'NO.' It's about a young girl who falls in love, makes mistakes, gets her heart broken, typical love story, right? Wrong! The reason that the film is cherished so much and moving audiences around the world is because of the the films incredible detail, precision, sensation, authenticity, and not to mention, potential!
The main character, Adele, isn't even a lesbian, or straight. She's premature to sexual identity, meaning her lack of experience and knowledge in romantic relationships prevents her from carrying a label, presently. In the beginning, our main character, Adele, is a young woman still in school, still living with her parents in Lille, France. And yes, the movie is even in the most exquisite language, French! Which gives it a sense of distinction, more merit and extra "likes."
Our doll faced Adele, young, naive, and thirsty for love(passionate sex), finds herself rather unsatisfied during her sexual encounters with the opposite gender, unfortunately. In high probabilities, this welds her to be a bit more prone to finding herself curious about ladies, sexually. And soon, she becomes infatuated with the very lovely and boyish girl with blue hair, Emma. When Adele and Emma crossed paths (literally, it was at a crosswalk) for the first time, Emma smiled at her and instantly sparks began to kindle in Adele. She was so surprised by this powerful feeling (aka "awakening") that she stood there dumbfounded in the middle of the crosswalk, holding up traffic for a split moment. So, love at first sight? You could say that. Emma and Adele didn't actually speak until Adele stepped foot into a lez bar, where Emma sees her getting hit on by other girls and decides to come "save her." That scene("Bar Scene") was so intimate, witty, charming, but very intense, even I got butterflies!
And that's just it, that's what I love about this movie. Its immense capacity to draw me in and make me feel the way that the characters are, relatively. That's what frames a great movie. Director Abdellatif Kechiche has the most mesmerizing technique(s). His dexterity to capture vibrance, reality, and beauty all at once with his "close ups." By compassing these up close and personal shots, we get to see much more detail and I'm not talking about "so incredibly high definition that I can see every pore on your face." What I mean is, for example, when Adele cries. Now, I don't know about you, but when I cry, I don't have control over my facial expressions. My whole face puckers up, it's all wet, and not just from tears, because even my nose runs. It's just not very pretty, and that's what you see when Adele cries. Kechiche doesn't sugar-coat anything, none of the cast even wore makeup, he always conserves and maintains authenticity, and I can really appreciate that.
Kechiche is so rigorous, he told the cast to "live in the moment, it's okay if you forget your lines, keep going, and say what you believe your character would say in that moment." It's risky to trust a cast to do that, it was bold, and it worked.
I don't think Abdellatif could have chosen a better cast, particularly for Emma and Adele's role. The two young women he chose were Lea Seydoux and Adele Exarchopoulos. These girls are both ridiculously talented, they're genuine, with significant proficiency, they're both remarkably stunning, and elegant. Each with a bewitching yet adoring personality that we can all admire.
All in all, Blue is the Warmest Colour is spellbound and captivating, it is truly one of a kind, and a masterpiece. It also has a great soundtrack featuring songs like "I Follow Rivers" by Lykke Li and "Live for Today" by Robert J Walsh & Dennis Winslow.
Haven't seen it yet? Before you watch it, read its summary, watch a few trailers, and make sure you feel you're mature enough to watch it as I know some people can't handle it. Enjoy!