And when I say “hot,” I’m not referring to the six-minute long sex scene. In fact, I don’t care to talk about that–though I assure you, it is very sexy and quite intense.
I refuse to discuss the controversy behind this film. I won’t go over the drama between director Abdellatif Kechiche and one of the leading ladies, Lea Seydoux. Because the truth is, none of these things are what made the film such a success.
Thinking back on Blue Is the Warmest Color, the word “raw” comes to mind. I nearly forgot Adèle Exarchopoulos and Seydoux were acting. Kechiche uses close ups to draw you in to every moment and every emotion. He especially loves to focus on lead actress Exarchopoulos’ mouth, which could alone possibly win an award–with every bite she took and every sob she let out, her lips were the center of my attention.
The film, originally titled La vie d’Adèle – Chapitres 1 et 2, tells the story of Adèle, how she comes to meet Emma, and what happens thereafter they begin a romance. The story beautifully told and the scenes beautifully shot, if you can appreciate true art in film form, you must go watch this.
*There is a final screening at the Miami Beach Cinematheque tonight! Get your tickets here.