Director Abdellatiff Kechiche’s love story, Blue is the Warmest Color, has become one of the years most talked about films. At Cannes, it walked away with the top prize of the Palme d’Or, but for the first time ever, the award was given not only just to the director, but to the two lead actresses as well.
Now, since the film has won praise from just about every critic who has seen it, there have been some problems since. The lead actresses Lea Seydoux and Adele Exarchopoulos have said that making the film was a terrible experience, and never want to work with the director again. The director responded with his own complaints, but let’s not let that get in the way of what is supposed to be one of the years best films.
The film was expected to win the Best Foreign Language Film award at next years Oscars, but sadly it does not qualify for the awards since it will not have been released in its home country of France before September. Oscar rules state that a film must have opened in its home country before September, so sadly the Oscar win which would have boosted the films box office success, will not happen.
Abdellatiff Kechiche both writes and directs, and Julie Maroh co-writes. The cast includes Lea Seydoux, Adele Exarchopoulos and Salim Kechiouche. The film opens in the UK on November 15th.
Acclaimed French filmmaker Abdellatif Kechiche’s latest, based on Julie Maroh’s graphic novel, was the sensation of this year’s Cannes Film Festival even before it was awarded the Palme d’Or. Adèle Exarchopoulos is a young woman whose longings and ecstasies and losses are charted across a span of several years. Léa Seydoux (Midnight in Paris) is the older woman who excites her desire and becomes the love of her life. Kechiche’s movie is, like the films of John Cassavetes, an epic of emotional transformation that pulses with gestures, embraces, furtive exchanges, and arias of joy and devastation. It is a profoundly moving hymn to both love and life.