Gay Essential Films To Watch, Blue Is the Warmest Colour (La vie d’Adèle)

Nothing new or exciting is going on in Adèle’s (Adèle Exarchopoulos) life. She is a 15-year old girl who attends a regular high school, has a boyfriend and considers herself to be straight. Although she has had sex with her partner, Thomas (Jérémie Laheurte), she does not feel satisfied with the relationship and eventually decides to break up with him. Things drastically change when Adèle sees a sensual and mysterious girl with short blue hair passing her by on the street. After fantasizing about being intimate with her, the young teenager begins to question her sexual desires. She then proceeds to ask one of her friends to kiss her and is surprised to find out that she finds it pleasant and exciting.

Adèle becomes increasingly more confused and troubled with her identity. Unsure of what her sexual orientation is, the young girl is taken to a gay dance bar by her openly homosexual friend, Valentin (Sandor Funtek). Eventually she ends up in a lesbian bar where she happens to see the blue-haired girl again. Adèle is assailed by sexual or quite aggressive requests from the women in the bar. But she is saved by the girl with blue hair, who claims to be Adèle’s cousin. The two strangers want to get to know each other better and become more and more intimate as time goes by. The woman turns out to be named Emma (Léa Seydoux). She is slightly older than her newfound friend and offers tutoring for a philosophy class. Although their relationship has a fiery start, after the two girls move in together it becomes apparent that they have very little in common as their two completely different personalities begin to clash.

Blue Is the Warmest Colour

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“From this simple, not especially unique love story, Kechiche has fashioned an intimate epic in every sense of the term, its every subtle emotional turn rendered widescreen on Exarchopoulos’s exquisitely expressive face.”
   TimeOut

“It’s a stunning, profoundly moving examination of young love, human sexuality and what happens when that initial spark starts to flicker, but one which shows the joy and exhilaration of the good times, even as they sour into the bad ones. A remarkable achievement.”
   A Mighty Fine Blog

Blue is the Warmest Colour stands as an irresistible cinematic event for its deconstruction of a woman’s desire to know her deepest feelings and translate them through her body.”
   Popoptiq

Did You Know?

Abdellatif Kechiche heavily insisted on keeping the movie as unplanned or spontaneous as possible. The director asked both of the main actresses to only read the film’s script once and requested that they perform primarily by improvising the lines in order for the acting to be raw and impromptu. Blue Is The Warmest Colour (La vie d’Adèle) is widely-known for its realism and visceral, instinctive nature. However, this organic depiction came at a cost – the lead actresses, Adèle Exarchopoulos and Léa Seydoux, both stated that they were pushed to their breaking point by the director and had to go through hundreds of takes to achieve one of these “real” scenes (for instance, one of the sex scenes was shot over the course of ten days). They also stated that they were not willing to work with Kechiche on a film project again. Review our Gay Themed Films Here

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