Acclaimed French filmmaker Abdellatif Kechiche’s latest, based on Julie Maroh’s graphic novel, was the sensation of this year’s Cannes Film Festival even before it was awarded the Palme d’Or. Adèle Exarchopoulos is a young woman whose longings and ecstasies and losses are charted across a span of several years. Léa Seydoux (Midnight in Paris) is the older woman who excites her desire and becomes the love of her life. Kechiche’s movie is, like the films of John Cassavetes, an epic of emotional transformation that pulses with gestures, embraces, furtive exchanges, and arias of joy and devastation. It is a profoundly moving hymn to both love and life.
Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
Make no mistake, "Blue Is the Warmest Color" constitutes a breakthrough, in addition to being the best film of 2013.Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle, 10.31.2013
The more wondrous things about "Blue Is the Warmest Color" include its emotional honesty, precision, abandon and need.John Anderson, Newsday, 11.01.2013
This three-hour portrait of a young French woman named Adele (Adele Exarchopoulos) captures the dizzying, all-consuming ardor of first love, the joyous discovery of bringing your body and mind into union with another human being.Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer, 10.31.2013
An astounding, complex film about the ecstasy, the danger and the beauty of love.Tom Long, Detroit News, 11.08.2013