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"Blue is the Warmest Color" Film Review
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The movie is very realistic in showing how relationships begin, end, and how sometimes you can come to an understanding and just be friends.
"Blue is the Warmest Color" Rating
My review on "Blue is the Warmest Color"
I was curious about this movie after reading a yahoo article where many big name directors praised the film. I only finally saw it recently on netflix. "Blue is the Warmest Color" is basically the story of a young woman named Adele who is not happy with her relationship with her boyfriend and doesn't understand why. She runs into a girl with blue hair named Emma and immediately is drawn to her. They strike up a conversation and begin talking to each other regularly until their feelings for each other explode. They fall deeply in love and become very serious for a very long period of time. The movie shows their relationship from every aspect: emotionally, sexually, intimately, and their conflicts. It also shows how Adele struggles to deal with being a lesbian and not feeling acceptance and about her education to become a teacher.
There are some good things about "Blue is the Warmest Color" and some bad things about it.
The good parts are the raw emotion the actors all convey. The movie is very realistic in showing how relationships begin, end, and how sometimes you can come to an understanding and just be friends. It perfectly shows the emotional wheel people go through when they are in a relationship. It even displays realistically how the first meeting with your significant other's parents is. How it can be easy or it can be difficult and uncomfortable. The relationship between Adele and Emma is a homosexual one, but even a heterosexual can compare their past or present relationships to the relationship between Adele and Emma and see the reality in it.
The bad parts of this movie is it's borderline exploiting the young actresses in it with the sex scenes. The scenes can merely be viewed as beautiful, realistic expressions of the passion the characters feel for each other, but they can also be seen as something that hetero male pigs might enjoy getting off on. One of the sex scenes is very long and pretty much shows the entire sexual act up until they climax. While it was meant to show that Adele finally was able to find satisfaction sexually and to show how all the build up of their feelings had caused this ultimate release from their sexual tension. The entire scene is a little too much in time length. It could have played out with the same amount of meaning behind it without running for so long. I firmly want to view the scenes as just realistic depictions of their relationship and see the beauty in the rawness of their love. Yet I can see how some may see it as a little too much, so forewarning to anyone who dislikes sex scenes or anything they consider is manipulative towards women. Also I've read many complaints that what they do in bed is not what lesbians do, which I thought was a little close minded of anyone to comment. All sexual relationships are different from one another. There are parts of sex that some people like and some parts that they don't like, so saying simply that lesbians don't do this or that is a pointless statement as any couple can do what they wish as long as it's a mutual decision of course. The ending of the movie also bothered me a bit as it's not completely happy. It does hint that new love may be out there looking for Adele though.
Movie watchers who like artsy and foreign films will like this movie. It's a little similar to "Blue Valentine" or "The Kids Are All Right", so if you enjoyed those movies you may like this one. Keep in mind if you are homophobic or if you don't like foreign films you may want to avoid this movie. Personally I think it was very fresh and realistic. It also is pretty groundbreaking by being unafraid to show two women's love for each other in an honest way that any person, no matter their sexual preference, could relate to. The way the movie was filmed was beautifully done especially with the lighting use. The actresses faces look very ethereal in some scenes from the use of lighting, like when they are staring at each other outside in the grass and you can see the tender love they feel for the other in their eyes. The lighting is so lovely that they appear angelic. The actresses are amazing as you can understand exactly what they feel from their expressions. I give this movie four out of five stars.
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Adele: "I miss you. I miss not touching each other. Not seeing each other, not breathing in each other. I want you. All the time. No one else."