"Sometimes the decisions we don't make in life are the ones that cause us the most grief. Do what makes you happy and don't worry about what everyone else thinks"
Adèle was just a young girl doing her best to make it through high school when she came across a woman with Blue hair. It was something about this hair that attracted her, drew her in and it even made her question her own desires. Am I even into boys? Do I like girls?
"Blue Is The Warmest Color" is the story of Adèle's journey to find herself without losing herself in the process. Want to know what happens? Let's Unhinge?
Of course you know by now, when we review a foreign film, "We review a foreign film"! We don't want to see some average run of the mill, we want an experience that's discussion-worthy. Something that rocks us on the backs of our heels, be it by force or by just the slightest tug on the psyche. "Blue Is The Warmest Color" also known as "La Vie d'Adèle" is a french offering that embodies: passion, lust, self-discovery and intrigue all under one roof.
Abdellatif Kechiche has played more than a hand in the creation of this film, as he is the sole director, co-writer of the screenplay and co-producer. This movie is actually based on a book from Julie Maroh, a french novel writer that's probably in her late 20s by now.
You know sometimes there are stories that amuse and simply entertain, but every now and then you get something unique and insightful such as "Blue Is The Warmest Color".
So What's It About?
Well, the movie starts off showing a young girl, Adèle(Exarchopoulos), trying to fit in with the other girls at school who like to chase boys. Of course, they face the normal obstacles that any teen would such as sitting through lengthy lectures in language arts, but somehow they find time to talk about and meet "Boys".
This doesn't prove as difficult a task for Adèle because as you can see in her demeanor she's more like them than her peers. She doesn't have those emotional hangups(sorry ladies) that hinder most young girls when it comes to hookin up. Well, at least she thought she didn't until she sees the girl with Blue hair.
Once she see's this vision of beauty, it taunts and teases her into some of the wildest fantasies she's ever dreamed possible. Luckily for her, one of her friends just happens to have an "in" to a bar that offers more than the normal fare of hookin up. There's a lot of things to interest her eye, but the girl with Blue hair is not there.
So what's she to do?
Well, Adèle pushes harder and searches on her own, until she finds her! A mere chance glance perhaps, or maybe it was destiny? Either way, once she introduces herself to Emma(Seydoux), the girl with Blue hair, it's evident that this will not be the last time the two ladies meet.
We're going to let you know upfront, this movie is not for those who are not open to unique and mind-expanding experiences. This is a mature film with some passionate performances that add intense punctuation to a compelling, emotional story of a young woman finding herself.
Kids do not need to watch this film and that's not because of the subject matter, but due to the adult and very graphic scenes shown throughout this young woman's story.
We applaud all of the crew responsible for making this movie happen, we need more films like this in world. Movies that open eyes and offer different perspectives on this thing we call life.
So to wrap up, "Blue Is The Warmest Color" is an emotionally charged film with intense passion that will show you that the other-side of the pillow isn't as cold as you would think.
You can watch it now on Netflix or rent it at your local indie movie rental.
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