Blue Is the Warmest Colour
Watching a relationship come to life, change as people do, then end is tough viewing for anyone. You see familiar behaviour, or hear how they recite your thoughts word-for-word. You cringe as hindsight gets the better of you. But reliving events vicariously through film can help us move on.
Whether you’re straight, gay, lesbian, transgender, you will relate in more ways than one to Adele, the lead in acclaimed drama Blue Is the Warmest Colour.
Bestowed last year with the Palme d’Or, one of the film world’s highest honours from the Cannes Film Festival, Blue Is The Warmest colour is a lesson in how to portray love on the big screen – although to be fair, it had three hours to do so.
Adele, played by Adèle Exarchopoulos, is confused, naive and all everyone talks about is sex. As pressure mounts for her to conform to heterosexual expectations, a chance meeting with fine arts student Emma (Léa Seydoux) sees young, intense love blossom.
Exarchopoulos gives Adele depth, and shows the extent of her talent, going from a shy teen to an early childhood teacher. The intensity is matched in Seydoux, as the blue-haired Emma, who builds a life and home with Adele.
It’s an outstanding performance from them both – you believe their love and pain. Exarchopoulos isn’t eclipsed by Seydoux despite their differences. I hope we see more of her work in future.
Yes it features a lot of sex. Yes the sex scenes run long. Yes they have a purpose – to show just how different men and women are. It’s refreshing seeing a same-gender relationship being portrayed seriously. It would’ve been easy for the sex to be thrown in there as a gimmick to sell tickets, which some may say is what happened anyway. But in reality, it was clever to be that confronting about it. It’s in your face, up close and personal. It forces you to think about more than just the physicality of it.