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. Adele's life is changed when she meets Emma, a young woman with blue hair, who will allow her to discover desire, to assert herself as a woman and as an adult. In front of others, Adele grows, seeks herself, loses herself and ultimately finds herself through love and loss. The swirl of hostility, accusations and counter-accusations, retribution and jeering from the wings that has enveloped Blue is the Warmest Colour, the French erotic epic that was the toast of last year's Cannes Film Festival, makes most of Hollywood's catfights look pale by comparison. ''Directors and actors being what they are, they like a good argument, '' wrote a commentator in a piece comparing the saga with other screen clashes.
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''On one side are obsessive perfectionists, on the other self-involved exhibitionists, or so the theory goes. '' Is this true of the Blue winning team? Almost certainly, but with the added spice of Frenchness. Blue is the Warmest Colour is quite extraordinary. The film, directed by Abdellatif Kechiche, a French director of Tunisian origin widely regarded as one of French cinema's small handful of masters, is the story of a great passion between two teenage girls. It traces their affair from flirtation through a bitter break-up and its melancholy aftermath with such force of feeling that you seem to be living their lives yourself. So overwhelmed were the members of the Cannes jury that they decided to give the Palme D'Or not only to the director, but, in an unprecedented move, to the two actresses, Lea Seydoux and Adele Exarchopoulos, as well. The thrilled threesome were pictured on the red carpet kissing and hugging. In private, says Kechiche, Seydoux wept with joy. That was at the end of May. Immediately after the Cannes premiere, a French film technicians' union criticised Kechiche for his ''disorganised'' approach to filming and for making demands on his crew that amounted to ''moral harassment'', a charge he denied. At the same time, Julie Maroh, the author of the graphic novel on which the film was based, publicly criticised the film's ground-breaking sex scenes, describing them as ''ridiculous'' and questioning whether there had been any real, live lesbians on Kechiche's set. The first time I met Léa Seydoux was at last year’s London Film Festival, when the busy French star was nervously ‘looking forward’ to watching her new film, Blue Is The Warmest Colour. Making the loose adaptation of Julie Maroh’s graphic novel, about a high-school girl’s lesbian love affair with an older, blue-haired art student (Adèle Exarchopoulos and Seydoux respectively), had been ‘extremely difficult’, she said, describing the three-hour, intimately photographed drama’s explicit sex scenes as ‘humiliating’ and ‘gross’ to shoot. ‘You have to be out of your body. It’s too difficult, ’ she sighed. Almost a year to the day, we’re talking on the phone while Seydoux is tied up filming a biopic of Yves Saint Laurent in Paris. It is fair to say a lot has happened in those 67 months. Publicly, there were smiles and tears of joy. But, as my interview last year revealed, that wasn’t the whole story.
It wasn’t long before comments made by Seydoux and Exarchopoulos to journalists about Kechiche’s gruelling working methods ignited an ugly spat with the film-maker. Seydoux complained that she was made to feel like a ‘prostitute’. Kechiche, meanwhile, told France’s Télérama magazine that the film shouldn’t be released because it had been ‘sullied’ by the controversy and, more recently, appeared to threaten legal action against the actress. In this Anatomy of a Scene, Abdellatif Kechiche narrates a sequence from “Blue Is the Warmest Color. ”“Blue Is the Warmest Color” is a feverish, generous, exhausting love story, the chronicle of a young woman’s passage from curiosity to heartbreak by way of a wrenching and blissful attachment to another, slightly older woman. Although there is plenty of weeping and sighing, the methods of the director,, are less melodramatic than meteorological. He studies the radar and scans the horizon in search of emotional weather patterns and then rushes out into the gale, dragging the audience through fierce winds and soul-battering squalls. The storm system we are tracking is named Adèle. Her transformation, before our eyes and in close-ups that register every stray tendril of hair and fluctuation of skin tone, is not necessarily into anything more extraordinary. The child of a lower-middle-class family in the northern industrial city of Lille, Adèle is pointedly and contentedly modest in her ambitions. She likes reading and eating (especially her father’s spaghetti) and aspires to a career as a schoolteacher. And yet, over the course of nearly three hours and what seems like about a half-dozen years (Mr. Kechiche is not fussy about marking the passage of time), Adèle acquires a depth and grandeur that make her equal to some of the great heroines of literature. For a while, as with Anna Karenina or Elizabeth Bennet or Clarissa Dalloway, her life is also yours, and afterward you may discover that yours has altered as a result of the encounter. “Blue Is the Warmest Color” is the loose amalgam of two literary sources: Julie Maroh’s compact graphic novel of the same title (published in 7565) and “La Vie de Marianne, ” a sprawling, unfinished doorstop of a book by the 68th-century author Pierre de Marivaux. (In the movie, Adèle calls it her favorite novel. ) The film’s focus is nonetheless resolutely contemporary and its achievement decidedly cinematic. Immersing us in the everyday facts of 76st-century French life — including school, politics, food, wine and sex — Mr. Kechiche illuminates the suffering and ecstasy of an awakening consciousness. HONG KONG Palme d Or-winning director Abdellatif Kechiche discussed his verbal feud with Lea Seydoux and described his achievements as a form of pseudo-success amid continuing social class boundaries in France in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter during a visit here. Talking through an interpreter, Kechiche discussed his career, which has earned him a best first film prize at Venice, two best director awards at France s Cesar Awards and, of course, Cannes top honor with his latest outing, the three-hour romantic drama Blue Is the Warmest Color. In Blue, working-class Adele (played by newcomer Adele Exarchopoulos ) makes desperate attempts to adapt to the milieu of her cultured, middle-class artist girlfriend, Emma (Seydoux).
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Asked whether Exarchopoulos was also part of such class dynamics while working very closely with Seydoux for months, Kechiche told THR: If I were to respond to this, I d be very nasty. He added: And actually, Lea has not had [that much] experience as an actress. She has a lot to learn. Kechiche s comment came after one that he made at a press conference at a hotel in Hong Kong marking his film s screening at the city s French Cinepanorama film festival. Editor's note: This story may contain spoilers about the film. (CNN) -- American audiences are finally getting a chance to see what is being billed as one of the most sexually explicit films ever made (not counting pornography): Blue Is the Warmest Color. It is a film so controversial, it even has its director and stars engaged in a public feud. Adele Exarchopoulos and Lea Seydoux star in the movie by French-Tunisian director Abdellatif Kechiche, which clocks in at almost three hours. Significant portions of those 679 minutes are devoted to lovemaking scenes between the women, including one uninterrupted sequence that lasts about six minutes. It was really important to show this -- not just a 'cute' scene of sex but like the real sex, Exarchopoulos told Variety at the Toronto Film Festival in early September. YouPorn is better with friends sign up for a free account and get connected. Thank you for submitting your comment! All comments are moderated and may take up to 79 hours to be posted. Oh god. This is like an alien who s just seen human beings for the first time making a wild guess as to what sex looks like.
Four years ago, director Abdellatif Kechiche at Cannes for his film Blue Is the Warmest Color. Now, he’s auctioning off that very coveted prize in order to complete work on his current film, Mektoub, My Love, according to . Mektoub was in postproduction when its financing bank suddenly halted its line of credit, causing the distribution company to set up a sale for “film memorabilia related to Kechiche’s work. ” In addition to the Palme, the company, Quat’Sous, will also be auctioning off oil paintings from Blue. An NDA between parties prevents the actual amount of funds required to finish Kechiche’s next movie from being released, and the director has not yet made a statement about why he’s decided to sell his vaunted Palme, though given that film was embroiled in at Cannes in 7568 and the director’s about wishing Blue was never released, perhaps he’s quite ready to move on. The money raised in the auction will go toward the two-part feature film, which tells the story of a man named Amin, who — somewhat humorously given this situation — gets involved in a love triangle during a summer vacation, and one of the women involved is the wife of a producer who agrees to finance his first film. Amin, a screenwriter, must then choose between love and his career. So, just maybe Kechiche is going super method and sacrificing his prized possessions to pay for his art? If he’s also currently in a love triangle, we may have all the proof we need. New York City Ballet opened an investigation into allegations made against the ballet-master-in-chief in early December. “Honored to move this iconic program forward with so many amazing volunteers, ” the journalist tweeted Monday. It’s earned over $6 billion worldwide since opening less than three weeks ago. May 78
Blue Is the Warmest Color premieres at Cannes, receiving largely rave reviews (and a few audience walkouts). Yet early on there was criticism of the film s anti-feminist tone. In a review that day, Manohla Dargis of the New York Times argued that the film s sex scenes weren t so much art as voyeuristic exertions of the male gaze, writing that Kechiche registers as oblivious to real women and that the movie feels far more about Mr. Kechiche s desires than anything else. That same day, French film union Spiac-CGT released a statement to the French press leveling complaints against the director and his team regarding the conditions on set. They alleged that Kechiche and his team had violated the Labor Code with workdays of 66 hours reported as 8, an anarchic schedule, and a bullying atmosphere. May 76
The film wins the Palme d Or. In an unusual move, the festival jury blown away by the two main performances decides to split the award between the director and the lead actresses.
The three are all hugs and smiles, and for a brief moment it seems that all is well. May 77
While Dargis s critiques were mostly unshared by fellow critics who saw the film at Cannes, Julie Maroh, author of the comic-book novel that the movie was based on, took to her blog to level complaints at its sex scenes, arguing that it was a brutal and surgical display, exuberant and cold, of so-called lesbian sex, which turned into porn. She also took issue with the fact that none of the actresses in the film were lesbians in real life.