Blue is the Warmest Color is a story of the intimacy and passion that two people can have when madly in love. It also just so happens to be an unconventional French lesbian drama that remains minimalist and observant in almost every manner, refraining from a score with Kechiche letting his images speak for themselves. The movie centers on Adele (Adele Exarchopoulos), a high school student who remains unsure about her sexuality until she meets Emma (Léa Seydoux), a woman with blue hair who opens her up to a world she had never seen before. It’s one marked by first love. Running 179 minutes, the film’s exhaustive but never tedious, still reveling in a bit of repetition. Exarchopoulos is outstanding in the lead, showcasing what I can only qualify as a beautifully tender and accessible performance. Seydoux is just as great, building off a character that could have acted as a symbol, but becomes a fully realized character. The sex scenes here are just as graphic as you would believe, yet absolutely necessary; these women love each others’ bodies more than most people. And for that reason, Blue is the Warmest Color becomes one of the most accurate portrayals of love; the tale of accepting one’s sexuality only lies underneath the inherent simplicity and relatability of its plot.
Grade: ★★★★½ (out of 5)