• Blue Is the Warmest Color (2013)

Blue Is the Warmest Color

Release Date: October 25th, 2013

DVD Release Date: February 25th, 2014

NC-17 |2 hr 55 min

Plot Summary

A French teen (Adèle Exarchopoulos) forms a deep emotional and sexual connection with an older art student (Léa Seydoux) she met in a lesbian bar.

Cast: Léa Seydoux, Adèle Exarchopoulos, Salim Kechiouche, Mona Walravens, Jérémie Laheurte, Alma Jodorowski, Aurélien Recoing, Catherine Salée

Director: Abdel Kechiche

Genres: Romance , Drama

Production Co: Le Tax Shelter du Gouvernement Fédéral de Belgique, Scope Pictures, Eurimages, Canal+, Centre du Cinéma et de l'Audiovisuel de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles, Quat'sous Films, Wild Bunch, France 2 Cinema, Vertigo Films, Ciné+, Région Nord-Pas-de-Calais, Pictanovo Nord-Pas-de-Calais, France 2 (FR2), Centre National de la Cinematographie, France Télévision, Radio Télévision Belge Francofone (RTB)

Keywords: 2010s, Intense, Love, Car, Growing up, Emotional, Forbidden love, France, Fascinating, Sacrifice, Bar

Ratings & Reviews

  • 90
    Britt HayesScreenCrush

    While the film refuses to be subtle with visual metaphor, Exarchopolous and Seydoux hungrily devour their scenes; they are articulate in ways both emotional and verbal, seemingly recreating, in detail, a sumptuous feast to share with an audience that could never possibly know how it tastes. But we get very close. show more

  • 100
    Jordan MintzerThe Hollywood Reporter

    Less concerned with classic storytelling than with creating virtual performance pieces on screen, the film features dozens of extended sequences of Adele and Emma both in and out of bed—scenes that are virtuously acted and directed, even if they run on for longer than most filmmakers would allow. show more

  • 100
    Jonathan RomneyScreen International

    What you get in these performances is intelligence, emotion and physicality, and when they come together as combustively as they do here, what you get is something extremely rare - a film that catches the messy, hot complexity of life and love. show more

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British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2014)