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  • delerian
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    Here is a thread dedicated to this film. Currently it stands at 91 on Metacritic (16 reviews) and 94% at Rotten Tomatoes and is rated NC-17.

    In addition to the fact that many theaters won’t show NC-17 rated films, Blue Is the Warmest Color appears to be having a legitimate censorship issue in Idaho where theaters that have alcohol licenses are prohibited from showing movies with certain sexual content. In my opinion, and in posts that I included in a previous thread, I think that this restriction is unconstitutional.

    http://www.theguardian.com/film/2013/oct/11/blue-is-the-warmest-colour-banned-idaho-sex-alcohol-palme-dor

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    Blue is seeing an eventual video on demand release no one is really being restricted not even the people of Idaho.

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    Gabriel
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    Do we know when the VOD release is?

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    delerian
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    Also of note for this film is a row between actresses Léa Seydoux and Adèle Exarchopoulos and director Abdellatif Kechiche where the actresses said they would never work with him again (over sex scenes which Seydoux felt was humiliating and a scene where she and Adèle Exarchopoulos had to hit each other for an hour). Kechiche has threatened to sue Seydoux over her statements.

    http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/blue-is-warmest-color-director-650345
    http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2013/09/01/the-stars-of-blue-is-the-warmest-color-on-the-riveting-lesbian-love-sory-and-graphic-sex-scenes.html
    http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/films/features/blue-is-the-warmest-colour-actresses-on-their-lesbian-sex-scenes-we-felt-like-prostitutes-8856909.html

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    Scottferguson
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    This is initially going theatrical only. No VOD date is imminent, unlike what IFC (a leader in the field) usually does.

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    Scottferguson
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    Tony Scott/NY Times

    October 24, 2013
    Movie Review
    For a While, Her Life Is Yours
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    “Blue Is the Warmest Color” is a feverish, generous, exhausting love story, the chronicle of a young woman’s passage from curiosity to heartbreak by way of a wrenching and blissful attachment to another, slightly older woman. Although there is plenty of weeping and sighing, the methods of the director, Abdellatif Kechiche, are less melodramatic than meteorological. He studies the radar and scans the horizon in search of emotional weather patterns and then rushes out into the gale, dragging the audience through fierce winds and soul-battering squalls.

    The storm system we are tracking is named Adèle. Played with astonishing sensitivity by the 19-year-old Adèle Exarchopoulos, she gives every appearance, when we first encounter her, of being an ordinary French teenager: running to catch the morning bus to school, daydreaming in class, trading gossip with her friends in the cafeteria. Her transformation, before our eyes and in close-ups that register every stray tendril of hair and fluctuation of skin tone, is not necessarily into anything more extraordinary. The child of a lower-middle-class family in the northern industrial city of Lille, Adèle is pointedly and contentedly modest in her ambitions. She likes reading and eating (especially her father’s spaghetti) and aspires to a career as a schoolteacher.

    And yet, over the course of nearly three hours and what seems like about a half-dozen years (Mr. Kechiche is not fussy about marking the passage of time), Adèle acquires a depth and grandeur that make her equal to some of the great heroines of literature. For a while, as with Anna Karenina or Elizabeth Bennet or Clarissa Dalloway, her life is also yours, and afterward you may discover that yours has altered as a result of the encounter.

    “Blue Is the Warmest Color” is the loose amalgam of two literary sources: Julie Maroh’s compact graphic novel of the same title (published in 2010) and “La Vie de Marianne,” a sprawling, unfinished doorstop of a book by the 18th-century author Pierre de Marivaux. (In the movie, Adèle calls it her favorite novel.) The film’s focus is nonetheless resolutely contemporary and its achievement decidedly cinematic. Immersing us in the everyday facts of 21st-century French life — including school, politics, food, wine and sex — Mr. Kechiche illuminates the suffering and ecstasy of an awakening consciousness.

    Ms. Exarchopoulos almost never departs from the camera’s scrutiny, and her reality, her ways of seeing and feeling, define the many shades of “Blue.” Mr. Kechiche’s earlier films include “The Secret of the Grain,” a similarly messy and capacious consideration of the life of a North African immigrant in France and his extended family, and “Games of Love and Chance” (“L’Esquive”), which sets a Marivaux comedy in a rough housing project in the Paris suburbs. He rarely allows the machinery of plot to distract him from the tangents of talk, and the first part of “Blue” is preoccupied with what seem to be extraneous, trivial arguments and conversations. Adèle chats about boys with the girls at school, and about music and books with a boy named Thomas (Jérémie Laheurte), who briefly becomes her boyfriend. She naps, snacks, studies and pushes her unruly hair into a ragged ponytail atop her head.

    Then one day, she crosses paths with Emma (Léa Seydoux), and everything changes. Emma, blue-haired and fox-eyed, walks past Adèle in the street, shows up in her dreams and flirts with her in a lesbian bar. “I came here by chance,” Adèle says, which is only half-true. She was not exactly looking for Emma, or for anyone in particular, but rather for confirmation of a hunch about her own desires, something Emma is happy to provide.

    Emma, an art student and an aspiring painter, relishes the role of mentor. A bit pompously, she lectures Adèle on the ideas of Jean-Paul Sartre — she sees him, not altogether implausibly, as a forerunner of gay liberation — and offers to tutor her in philosophy. Later, when they are more or less securely established as a couple, Emma prods Adèle toward loftier ambitions, almost as if she is embarrassed to be with someone so down to earth.

    There is a subtle but unmistakable class difference between them. When Adèle has dinner with Emma’s mother and stepfather, she is served oysters and high-flown conversation about the value of culture. At Adèle’s house, Emma eats pasta and gets a paternal talking-to about the frivolity of art and the importance of making a living. Emma is proudly out. Adèle is, somewhat defiantly, closeted. There are unspoken tensions and imbalances between them that eventually erupt with shattering force.

    When “Blue Is the Warmest Color” was shown at Cannes in May — where the jury, headed by Steven Spielberg, took the unusual step of awarding the festival’s highest prize jointly to Mr. Kechiche, Ms. Exarchopoulos and Ms. Seydoux — much attention was paid to its explicit sex scenes. Not without reason. One sequence in particular is longer and more literal than anything you are likely to encounter outside of pornography. Ms. Maroh (among others) objected that Mr. Kechiche’s rendering of her work was indeed pornographic, reflecting a prurient male fantasy rather than the truth of lesbian sex.

    A conversation late in the movie (after most of the on-screen sex has taken place) seems to anticipate this criticism, as does an earlier scene in which Adèle and Emma visit a museum and gaze at paintings and sculptures of naked women, almost all of them produced by men. The conversation features a male gallery owner who rambles on breathlessly about the power and mystery of female sexuality, which has fascinated male artists for centuries.

    A parallel argument between Emma and another woman about the relative merits of Egon Schiele and Gustav Klimt — tireless painters of the female form, as is Emma herself — underlines the theme. All this talk may be an attempt by Mr. Kechiche to cover his own backside while Ms. Exarchopoulos’s and Ms. Seydoux’s are on full, undraped display. Like Titian or Degas or Flaubert, he just can’t help it.

    But “Blue Is the Warmest Color” is ardently and sincerely committed to capturing the fullness of Adèle’s experience — sensory, cerebral and emotional. The sex is essential to that intention, even though Mr. Kechiche’s way of filming does not quite succeed in fulfilling it. Trying to push the boundaries of empathy, to communicate physical rapture by visual means, he bumps into the limits of the medium and lapses into voyeurism, turning erotic sensation into a spectacle of flesh.

    That is a small failure, given the scale of this movie’s achievement, which belongs equally (as the Cannes jury recognized) to the director and the actresses. The film is at times as sloppy as its heroine, with her runny nose and unruly hair, but it is never dull, lazy or predictable. Mr. Kechiche’s style is dizzy, obsessive, inspired and relentless, words that also describe Adèle and Emma and the fearless women who embody them. Many more words can — and will — be spent on “Blue Is the Warmest Color,” but for now I’ll settle for just one: glorious.

      

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    Renaton
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    I’m reluctant in predicting this for writing, and think Exarchopoulus  and Seydoux won’t be nominated. The negative publicity is starting to get as big as the acclaim, and that could hurt it.

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    Due to the film’s subject matter, I highly doubt this will be able to break into awards.

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    Gabriel
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    I hope Exarchpoulos and Seydoux are considered. It would be a shame to see them ignored just because they’re not “name” actors.

    Also, I think the negative publicity might make more people want to see it, to see what all the hoopla’s about.

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    Scottferguson
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    Due to the film’s subject matter, I highly doubt this will be able to break into awards.

    The subject matter (the film btw is about much more than sex) will have zero impact on critics’ awards, where this has a good chance to win foreign language film and other prizes.

    And the content will likely push the film to the top of the screener piles for many straight male Academy members, helping its chances.   

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    Baby Clyde
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    I have a terrible habit of falling asleep in the cinema. I’ve dozed off in the most unlikely of films so I didn’t rate my chances very high of staying awake through a 3 hour foreign language film about lesbians, especially as I’d has minimal sleep for the 2 nights before.

    But I did, because it’s wonderful. Exarchopoulos has gone straight to the top of my Best Actress perfoermances for the year.

    The only issue I had with it are the gratuitous and quite ridiculous sex scenes. One in particular is so ludicrously extended that it becomes laughable. In the screening I went to 1 man got a fit of the giggles half way though and was told very firmly to ‘Shut Up’ by an irate woman in the audience which set everyone else off. They are entirely unnecessary and it’s a shame that this fantastc movie will be known in the future far more for it’s sexual content that great performances or brilliant filmaking.

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    [quote=”themeparks4life”]Due to the film’s subject matter, I highly doubt this will be able to break into awards.

    The subject matter (the film btw is about much more than sex) will have zero impact on critics’ awards, where this has a good chance to win foreign language film and other prizes.

    And the content will likely push the film to the top of the screener piles for many straight male Academy members, helping its chances.   [/quote]

    Best Actress is super-competitive with Blanchett, Bullock, Thompson, Dench, and Streep. Don’t you think Blue needs to be more Oscar-friendly like Amour to have a shot here?

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    Scottferguson
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    Not sure how Oscar friendly Amour was. This shares French roots, critical/festival acclaim, great performances.
    The film and actresses need major critical awards and some sense of commercial success to move forward. But with an ever increasing number of members being European this could still be a contender in several categories. 

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    Laactingnyc
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    Im predicting

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    Scottferguson
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    It isn’t eligible for foreign language film, since it opened in France after the Sept 30 cutoff date in the Academy rules.

    If it receives no nominations this year, France then can submit it next year for the FL category. 

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