Wednesday, 20 November 2013
Blue is the Warmest Color 
Blue is the Warmest Colour is a tender, charged, layered and heart-wrenching drama that seamlessly combined a number of themes into a beautiful whole. Through the homosexual affair between two young women, it explored such connected themes as coming-of-age, sexual awakening, artist-muse relationship, the joy of first love and its evolution with maturity, the attitudes of societies that continue to find such relationships as ‘queer’, and the consequent effects on an impressionable mind still wavering between what she wants and what she ought to want as per her social upbringing. Based on the graphic novel Blue Angel, it charted out, in a deeply affecting tone and a quiet leisurely pace, the emotional and physical journey of Adèle (Adèle Exarchopoulos), a cute, sweet, introverted and fragile teenage girl, who falls madly in love with the older fellow-Parisian Emma (Léa Seydoux), a smart, confident and blue-haired art student who is open about her orientation. The two, therefore, couldn’t have been more different, and that made their blazing and blistering love affair over the next few years – from initiation and tentative exploration, to crazy love and intense passion, to tragic collapse and heartbreak, to finally some semblance of personal reconciliation and the veneer of peace – all the more memorable. Exarchopoulos gave an exhilerating performance as the protagonist – not only was she electrifying in her controlled display of a gamut of emotions and unbelievably uninhibited in the scandalously intimate sequences, she even managed to convey the passing of years from adoloscence to adulthood through subtle physical and behavioral transformations. Seydoux, too, was more than competent as the only other key character in this massive 3-hour film.
p.s. Watched this as part of 2013 Kolkata International Film Festival (KFF)
Director: Abdellatif Kechiche
Genre: Drama/Romance/Psychological Drama/Coming-of-Age