Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Blue is the Warmest Color



2013 French/Belgian/Spanish Feature
Alternate Titles: La Vie d'Adèle – Chapitres 1 & 2 / Adele: Chapters 1 & 2

Cast: Léa Seydoux, Adèle Exarchopoulos, Salim Kechiouche, Aurélien Recoing, Catherine Salée, Benjamin Siksou, Mona Walravens, Alma Jodorowsky and Jérémie Laheurte
Director: Abdellatif Kechiche
Writers: Abdellatif Kechiche and Ghalia Lacroix, based on the graphic novel Le bleu est une couleur chaude by Julie Maroh

Synopsis:
Determined to fall in love, 15-year-old Adèle is focused on boys. But it's Emma, the blue-haired girl she meets on the street, who really piques her interest.

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  • DVD/Blu-ray: Available
  • Book: Available



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Awards:
  • BAFTA Award nomination for Best Film not in the English Language.
  • Bodil Award for Best Non-American Film.
  • British Independent Film Award for Best International Independent Film.
  • Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards for Best Foreign Language Film and Young Actor/Actress (Exarchopoulos).
  • Cannes Film Festival Palme d'Or and FIPRESCI Prize. Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Dorian Awards for LGBT-Themed Film of the Year and Foreign Language Film of the Year; also nominated for Film of the Year and Film Performance of the Year - Actress (Exarchopoulos).
  • Cesar Award for Best Female Newcomer (Exarchopoulos).
  • Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Foreign Language Film.
  • Guldbagge Award for Best Foreign Film.
  • Independent Spirit Award for Best International Film.
  • International Cinephile Society Awards for Best Foreign Language Film, Actress (Exarchopoulos), Supporting Actress (Seydoux) and Adapted Screenplay.
  • London Critics Circle Film Award for Foreign Language Film of the Year.
  • Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards for Best Foreign Film and Actress (Exarchopoulos). 
  • Movie Dearest Award for Movie of the Year.
  • National Board of Review Award for Breakthrough Performance by an Actress (Exarchopoulos).
  • National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Foreign Language Film.
  • New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Foreign Language Film.
  • Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Film Not in the English Language.

Notes/Trivia:
  • Julie Maroh's Le bleu est une couleur chaude (Blue Is the Warmest Color, a.k.a. Blue Angel) was first published in 2010, followed by the English language edition in 2013. In the original graphic novel the main character was named Clémentine; her name was changed to Adèle in the film.
  • During filming, Léa Seydoux had to re-dye her hair blue every day for continuity.
  • Adèle Exarchopoulos and Léa Seydoux wore prosthetic vaginas in the scenes in which they perform oral sex. One of the sex scenes took 10 days to film.
  • In addition to director Abdellatif Kechiche, the Cannes Film Festival Palme d'Or was awarded to lead actresses Léa Seydoux and Adèle Exarchopoulos, the first time the prize was also officially awarded to members of the winning film's cast.
  • Blue is the Warmest Color was released on DVD and Blu-ray as part of The Criterion Collection in 2014.

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