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Blue Is the Warmest Color: New York Film Festival 2013

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...

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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Jaime B
Jaime B

After months of seeing this movie on Netflix and being encouraged by my friends to give it a try, I sat down to watch Blue is the Warmest Color and was totally bowled over. What an incredible movie. It's the kind that will cut you open to your emotional core without you knowing until you're flooding with feelings, and you'll realize how closed up people generally keep themselves. I walked around heartbroken for a week after watching this movie, sympathizing with the wrecked Adele. It’s 3 hours long, but you’ll wish it would go on longer by the end. The acting is wonderful.