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Blue Is the Warmest Color (2013)

La vie d'Adèle (original title)
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Adèle's life is changed when she meets Emma, a young woman with blue hair, who will allow her to discover desire and to assert herself as a woman and as an adult. In front of others, Adèle grows, seeks herself, loses herself, and ultimately finds herself through love and loss.

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Abdellatif Kechiche (scenario, adaptation and dialogue), Ghalia Lacroix (scenario, adaptation and dialogue) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Léa Seydoux ... Emma
Adèle Exarchopoulos ... Adèle
Salim Kechiouche ... Samir
Aurélien Recoing ... Père Adèle
Catherine Salée ... Mère Adèle
Benjamin Siksou Benjamin Siksou ... Antoine
Mona Walravens Mona Walravens ... Lise
Alma Jodorowsky ... Béatrice
Jérémie Laheurte ... Thomas
Anne Loiret Anne Loiret ... Mère Emma
Benoît Pilot ... Beau Père Emma
Sandor Funtek ... Valentin
Fanny Maurin Fanny Maurin ... Amélie
Maelys Cabezon Maelys Cabezon ... Laetitia
Samir Bella Samir Bella ... Samir
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Storyline

Adèle is a high school student who is beginning to explore herself as a woman. She dates men but finds no satisfaction with them sexually, and is rejected by a female friend who she does desire. She dreams of something more. She meets Emma who is a free spirited girl whom Adèle's friends reject due to her sexuality, and by association most begin to reject Adèle. Her relationship with Emma grows into more than just friends as she is the only person with whom she can express herself openly. Together, Adèle and Emma explore social acceptance, sexuality, and the emotional spectrum of their maturing relationship. Written by ahmetkozan

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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Blazingly emotional and explosively sexy.

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated NC-17 for explicit sexual content | See all certifications »

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Country:

France | Belgium | Spain

Language:

French | English

Release Date:

9 October 2013 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Blue Is the Warmest Color See more »

Filming Locations:

Lille, Nord, France See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

€4,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$100,316, 27 October 2013, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,199,675, 9 March 2014
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Stereo (5.1 surround)| Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Belgian author Saskia De Coster and her partner have a cameo as one of the couples kissing during the Gay Pride scene. See more »

Goofs

When Adèle dresses up for Emma's vernissage, we see her painting her toe and finger nails red. In the next scene we see her walking to the vernissage, and when she adjusts her hair, her finger nails are not polished. See more »

Quotes

Emma: Enjoying philosophy?
Adèle: [laughs] I love it. It's incredibly enriching. Very interesting. Very deep. Orgasm precedes essence.
Emma: Your grade better be good.
Adèle: Give me a grade.
Emma: Fourteen.
Adèle: Fourteen? Just fourteen?
Emma: [laughs] You still need some practice.
Adèle: I'll give it all I've got.
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Japanese Blu-ray release has mosaic over some of the nudity. See more »

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Spoofed in Award Winning Indie Lesbian Sex Film (2014) See more »

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One of the most emotionally intense, powerful movies of the year
27 December 2013 | by nootch23See all my reviews

I saw this film on the last night it was playing at my local theater and I jumped on the opportunity. Once it was over I realized how smart of a decision it was. I read a review of the film that said something along the lines of, "the trouble with this film being 3 hours is that you want to watch it for several more." I couldn't agree more with that statement. The story, along with its characters, moves the film along to the point where it didn't feel like 3 hours.

This film was probably the most emotionally intense and powerful movie I've seen in a very long time. You believed everything you were seeing and it forced you to feel it along with the characters. As much that has been written about this film, the acting can not be overstated. These two actresses are a revelation in this movie.

It seems that whenever the topic of homosexuality is covered by a film it usually contains some sort of hate crime or bias against homosexuality somewhere in the story that the film's characters have to face and overcome. What's refreshing about this film is that there is a dash of that but its in the beginning of the film and never becomes the focus of the conflict with the characters. The film acknowledges that bias is there but brushes it aside to say that there is something bigger and more important at play with the characters. Really nice to see that in a film.

This movie ranks as one of the best films I've seen this year and am so happy I had a chance to see it.


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