Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Movie Review / Blue Is The Warmest Color

The following is part of our ongoing series  "In My Own Words...." a platform for you, our community to share your thoughts and opinions on whatever strikes your fancy. For more information, please email Kaylia at kaylia@gaycentralvalley.org.

In My Own Words... Movie Review / Blue Is The Warmest Color
Kayleia Southard 

I'm going to preface this by saying when I agreed to go view Blue is the Warmest Color for the blog, I didn't quite understand what I was going to go see. I knew it was a NC-17 film and it was a lesbian film, beyond that, I was clueless. Since I had heard it was awkward to watch alone, I enlisted the help of three of my lesbian friends to come watch it with me. We braved this almost 3 hour subtitled film and left with stomachs hurting from laughing. But keep in mind, this is not a comedy.

Blue is the Warmest Color is a French film that has been sweeping the awards circuit overseas for both its amazing acting and beautiful cinematography. It follows Adele, a young French teen, as she explores sexuality and sex. The artist, Emma, opens up her world in a seductive and captivating way. This movie is very strongly not for children and features some quite graphic sex scenes.

The strongest point of this film is the way it was shot. Things are beautifully laid out and the emphasis on blurring things that you don't need and bringing forward others helps to relay emotions by background details. It also has a very real feeling relationship. The relationship between Emma and Adele doesn't feel forced and faces the same stresses that a normal relationship would have. All four of us that came to see it had moments where we paused and commented that we could relate completely.

On the negatives, this movie is hilariously awkward. It's a very European paced movie so scenes drag and drag. The first five minutes of the sex scene is fantastic, once you get fifteen in, you're starting to crack jokes. There is a twenty minute sex scene where it can only be described as turning to the lesbian equivalent of the karma sutra and making a checklist of what you need to cover. They crossed all their 'T's and dotted all their 'I's in good measure.

All in all, it's a fabulous movie and shouldn't be missed. It's best seen with a group of friends who can break some of the tension and is not one to bring your parents or small children to. It is playing locally so be sure to catch it while it is in theaters.

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