Blue Is the Warmest Color | La vie d’Adèle (2013)

Adèle  is at her final school years when she meets Emma, a blue-haired fine arts student, and  they get along maybe too well.

They come from quite different social backgrounds. Emma  is surrounded by art scene intellectuals, hangs around at homo-bars and  openly lives up to what she believes in. Adèle in turn, comes from a simple middle class family, where both food and values are down to earth.  It’s unthinkable to share her sexual preferences with her parents or even coworkers and at the same time she feels as if she does not belong to Emma’s circles either. She sacrifices herself for Emma, leaving her family and friends behind.

The film did not loose it’s emotional grip from me for at least a few days. It makes you empathize to  an extent, where you almost feel Adèle’s  despair yourself. It leaves this feeling behind, probably the very one they were discussing during the literature class, as if there’s something missing in the heart, a feeling of a lost fulfillment.

The final three hours of the film were montaged from original 800 hours (!) of footage. For both Léa Seydoux (Emma) Adèle Exarchopoulos (Adèle) it was six month of hard work when they had to completely trust each other and Abdellatif Kechiche. They had to fully give themselves in, forgetting about all the cameras and staff around and just letting their emotions flow. And it worked out wonderfully.

Interview with Léa Seydoux & Adèle Exarchopoulos

Interview with co-writer/director Abdellatif Kechiche