Review: “Blue Is the Warmest Color.”

A young woman shocks Adèle when she matter-of-factly talks about other women in a sexual way. Adèle tries to play it cool – we know she’s into girls – but there is a tiny flare of excitement on her face. The conversation could be banal, but it plays out with aching tension, and the young woman’s subsequent rejection of Adèle is heartbreaking precisely because it’s all-too-true. Blue Is the Warmest Color, the Palme d’Or winning drama about Adèle and the woman she meets next, brims with honesty and affection for its subject. This long romance is affecting in spite of Abdellatif Kechiche’s direction, not because of it, and that’s never more apparent than during its much-discussed explicit sex scene.

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