Blue is the Warmest Colour blew me away. Prior to viewing this film I hadn't heard a single bad thing about it, I'd even heard a lot about the controversy it brought for not being nominated for best foreign film at the Oscars this year, which it very much should have. The main reason I was hesitant about sitting down and watching it, like I am with most films with the same issue, is that the film features a 3 hour long runtime. Thankfully the film featured breath taking performances, a deviating yet intriguing plot and an incredible screenplay which made the film feel no longer than 2 hours tops.
The performances are incredibly realistic The main actress in the film, Adèle Exarchopoulos is by far the greatest thing about this film. Her performance is so realistic, heart breaking and just damn powerful. She gives one of the best, if not the best female performance I've seen all year. The fact that she's new to film too only blows me away further. Adèle's counterpart, Léa, whom I've seen in previous films, gives Adèle a run for her money. While her performance is almost on par, her character is more mysterious and elaborate, which helps to bring a greater sense of chemistry on screen.
The film is much more than a love story, it's a story about life. The film is heavily advertised as a romance, which it very much is, but it has so many more layers to it that make it much more than that. The film explores a young woman's search into sexuality and the consequences and pressures put on her by her peers. Not only that, but it also follows the temptations that life brings us (none that I will spoil) and how this affects us and the people around us. The film explores all these issues and confronts them, resulting in a film that's near perfect.
Many will accuse Blue is the Warmest Colour of exploiting these women, but that's not the case. There are a few scenes in this film in which the two main characters have sex, and these scenes do linger on for just a little too long at times. There's a seven minute sex scene that pops up in the early stages of the second act and it's some of the most explicit sex I've seen on screen, but what the director isn't trying to do is make a pornography. He is showing the raw, realistic manner in which humans behave. In fact, he's holding back practically all the time.
To sum up, Blue is the Warmest Colour is a film that I deem nearly perfect. The film doesn't just explore the character's relationships, but it explores their lives. The performances are sensational and the runtime never feels its actual length.
4 1/2 Stars