Review: Blue Is the Warmest Color (2013)


+ Recommended with Discretion – NC-17, Romance, Drama


A gut-wrenching look into sexuality and human nature; an intriguing and sometimes frustrating watch. Blue is the Warmest Color will have you immersed in the realism of life. Whether or not it’s an effective storytelling method will depend on your interests. But does the final cut warrant three hours of your time?

Adèle meets a cute, blue-haired girl named Emma while discovering that she may, in fact, be bisexual or even gay. From there, Emma takes Adèle under her wing and allowing her to experience herself in a brand new light. But Adèle might be the type of person that can’t be happy with any situation after some period of time and that could hurt their newly formed relationship. Both Léa Seydoux and Adèle Exarchopoulos both command the screen with powerful performances; Adèle wasn’t given much to do, but her facial expressions lend a helping hand for the audience to take a step into the character’s mind.

Films revolving around gay central females often go awry. While Abdellatif Kechiche doesn’t derail the film, he does milk the story for all he can; even falling into classic tropes. These include: cheating on a significant other (often the opposite sex) and displaying the tradition dominant/submissive roles. However, these are often found in movies within the LGBT+ realm. It’s okay for this community to demand more from these films, as sometimes they are the only representation that’s provided. Why do you think we appreciate Love, Simon?

The supporting cast provides little on-screen presence, which is fine. Most of the characters are bland and little to add to the story; it’s purposeful, though, as the audience views the outside world through Adèle’s scope (who obviously isn’t reliable). The visual style is simple and familiar to the indie format, which switches the focus to character development and dialogue. As the couple grows the audience is subjected to watch as the relationship crumbles from lack of communication and trust. I would argue the strongest portion of the movie focuses on the downfall of their relationship because of how much time was spent building said relationship; it shows all of us how fragile our life truly is.

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Still from Blue is the Warmest Color

Overall, I would recommend seeing Blue is the Warmest Color once. The film won the academy over and took home the top honor at Cannes. Obviously you will need to block off time for a three hour movie but for some it could be well worth it. Notice the rating, though. The NC-17 rating was slapped on the film due to the numerous sex scenes scattered throughout, one being seven minutes long; it’s clear the filmmakers didn’t shy away from showing much. Have you seen the film yet? Let us know what you thought of it in the comments!

Author: Jared Charles

I am the owner of The Burrow Reviews. Currently studying Film, English, Political Science, and Gender Studies.

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