Blue is the Warmest Colour 15

La vie d’Adèle

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DIRECTOR Abdellatif Kechiche
CAST Adèle Exarchopoulos, Léa Seydoux, Salim Kechiouche, Catherine Salée

This hypnotic film about love, sex, class and loss charts a young girl’s passionate first love and its outcome. Adèle’s journey to self-discovery starts when she encounters Emma, a mysterious blue-haired art student. Exploring the complexities of growing up, discovering one’s sexual orientation and realising what really matters in life, this is an honest and intense analysis of a relationship, with remarkable central performances.  (2013 France / Belgium / Spain 180 minutes Subtitled)

BBFC advice: Contains strong sex and very strong language
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The film’s original French title is La Vie d’Adèle Chapitres 1 et 2. Adèle (Adèle Exarchopoulos) is the sympathetic centre of the story, a schoolgirl at the beginning and a teacher by the end: the two chapters of innocence and experience. Abdellatif Kechiche has essentially made two films here. One is a minutely fascinating account of finding your identity by submitting to the pull of desire – a lesbian coming-out story, albeit one which audaciously resists the clichés of the genre. The other is a more dramatically conventional consideration of what happens to love after that first, intense flush. Winner of the Palme d’Or at Cannes 2013, its two lead actresses were officially recognised in the citation alongside the director.

Blue is the Warmest Colour is a minutely detailed, searingly erotic three-hour study of first lesbian love… From [a] simple, not especially unique love story, Kechiche has fashioned an intimate epic in every sense of the term, its every subtle emotional turn rendered widescreen on Exarchopoulos’s exquisitely expressive face. Just 19 years old, the actress effortlessly charts Adèle’s growth from young adult to young woman. Typically for a Kechiche film, meanwhile, her individual journey is set within a bustling, articulate network of friends, family and food. He remains a most sociable filmmaker, which makes his new film’s tingly behind-closed-doors tenderness all the more remarkable.  Guy Lodge, Time Out

UK RELEASE 22 November 2013
RUNNING TIME 180 minutes
COUNTRY France / Belgium / Spain

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