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TIFF 2013 Review: Blue is the Warmest Color


Blue is the Warmest Color
Special Presentation

Winner of this year’s Palme D’or, Blue is the Warmest Color is a lengthy, intimate, and passionate look at the formative years of a young girl’s life. Adèle, all of fifteen years of age, innocently takes in the world around her with a glazed stare and open mouth.

Her literature class discusses the notion of love at first sight, and what it means when two strangers match gazes. This happens to Adèle when she crosses paths with a blue-haired art student, a young woman who ends up in her dreams that night. They meet again, slowly starting a relationship, one that we follow through its many phases and revelations. The beginning is passion and exploration; it includes some rather lengthy explicit sex scenes, meant to inform their incomparable love.

Played extraordinarily openly and compellingly by Adèle Exarchopoulos, this is entirely Adèle’s movie. Director Abdellatif Kechiche’s often shaky camera follows her ever so closely as she fills the frame, capturing the freckles on her rosy cheeks, her mouth as she chews her food, and the curves of her body, clothed and naked.

We follow her across the years, all in stunning realism even if it’s not familiar. We watch her run to catch a bus, awkwardly eat and sleep, gossip and fight; with honest humor and wrenching drama.

An astounding film with heart (and skin), the film will spellbound and engage, if not challenge you as well, bringing you into the world of a curious young woman who is utterly enchanting

Thursday September 5 – Winter Garden Theatre – 7:00 PM
Saturday September 7 – Scotiabank 4 – 2:00 PM

Anthony Marcusa

A pop-culture consumer, Anthony seeks out what is important in entertainment and mocks what is not. Inspired by history, Anthony writes with the hope that someone, somewhere, might be affected.