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(France 2013 179m) DVD1/2

Aka. La Vie d’Adèle

Tutoring in philosophy

p  Brahim Chioua, Vincent Maraval, Abdellatif Kechiche  d  Abdellatif Kechiche  w  Abdellatif Kechiche, Ghalia Lacroix  comic book  Julie Maroh  ph  Sofian el Fani  ed  Sophie Brunet, Camille Toubkis, Albertine Lastera, Jean-Marie Lengelle

Adèle Exarchopoulos (Adèle), Lea Seydoux (Emma), Salim Kechiouche (Samir), Aurélien Recoing (Adèle’s father), Catherine Salée (Adèle’s mother), Sandor Funtek (Valentin), Benjamin Siksou (Antoine),

Being as the title of the comic book on which Abdellatif Kechiche’s film is based, and indeed its English title, is a paradox, it’s perhaps appropriate that Blue is the Warmest Colour examines a paradox at the heart of its central protagonists.  Some accused it of being self-indulgent, in both length and its explicitness.  Were they not paying attention?

Adèle is a seventeen year old girl, part of a typically know-it-all clique of girls who have to know everything about each other, and who is being paid attention by a boy for the first time.  He’s a science student, she’s a French literature geek; their incompatibility clear for all to see.  The sex is okay, but not enough for Adèle.  She’s taken by her friend Valentin to a gay club for a drink, but then wanders off down the road to a lesbian bar.  There she meets Emma, a young woman with blue hair she walked past in the street one day.  Emma is a fine arts student at university with a passion for Sartre.  They strike up a friendship, the friendship turns intimate, and they become lovers.  (more…)

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