Blue Is the Warmest Color: New York Film Festival 2013

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New York Film Festival 2013: Blue Is the Warmest Color

New York Film Festival 2013: Blue Is the Warmest Color


At first, the title suggests a link to the dyed shock of aqua hair on Emma (Léa Seydoux), a punky artist who awakens enormous feelings of lust and tenderness in high-school-age Adèle (Adèle Exarchopoulos). But as this beautifully paced French romance stretches through the years—via a few explicit sex scenes that almost spoil the vibe—it’s clear that blue indicates a mood: that moment when kindred souls stop resonating. To the film’s credit, this is not primarily a gay-identity drama; that subtext is, for the most part, accepted by friends and family. It leaves room for the ache of a tumultuous relationship in full, centered around the somewhat obvious metaphor of artist and muse, but shaded by the messier realities of career anxiety, cohabitation and colleague flirtations. An emotional powerhouse, the film leaves you raw. Click for showtimes.—Joshua Rothkopf

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