Director: Abdellatif Kechiche
Writer(s): Julie Maroh, Abdellatif Kechiche, Ghalia Lacroix
Cast: Léa Seydoux, Adèle Exarchopoulos, Salim Kechiouche
Awards: Lea Seydoux - Breakthrough Performer, Abdellatif Kechiche - FIPRESCI Prize, Kechiche/Adèle Exarchopoulos Exarchopoulos, Lea Seydoux - Palme d'Or
The sensation of the Cannes Film Festival and the most controversial film of the year, Blue is the Warmest Color made cinema history as the first film ever awarded the Palme d’Or to both its director and its actresses. In a star-making role, Adèle Exarchopoulos is Adèle, a passionate young woman who has a yearning she doesn’t quite understand until a chance encounter with the blue-haired Emma ignites a flame and brings her to life. Léa Seydoux (Midnight in Paris) gives a fearless performance as Emma, the older woman who excites Adèle’s desire and becomes the love of her life. Abdellatif Kechiche’s (The Secret of the Grain) intimate epic of tenderness and passion charts their relationship over the course of several years, from the ecstasy of a first kiss to the agony of heartbreak. Pulsing with gestures, embraces, furtive exchanges, and arias of joy and devastation, Blue is the Warmest Color is a profoundly moving hymn to both love and life.
“Remarkable…the first great love story of the 21st century”-Andrew O’Hehir, Salon.com
“From the moment when Adèle first catches sight of Emma, on a busy crosswalk, the movie restores your faith in the power of the coup de foudre and yet redoubles your fear of its effect; love, like lightning, can both illuminate and scorch.”–Anthony Lane, New Yorker
“Somehow Seydoux and Exarchopoulos manifest an idea of desire, a mood that performers and directors often fail to capture even when there’s good on-set chemistry.”-Stephanie Zacharek ,Village Voice