Friday, February 27, 2015

Blue is the Warmest Color, 2013 NC-17

Blue is the Warmest Color is a highly erotic and one of the best coming of age films in 25 years. The superb hand held camera work is only exceeded by the brilliant acting of Adele Exachopoulos. The press has focused on the “longest non-porn film” lesbian love scene with justification because it is highly erotic and beautifully filmed. However of almost equal in merit are the close-up spaghetti eating scenes of a French family enjoying a meal of pasta. Only the French could deliver a film with highly explicit erotic sex scenes and simultaneously deliver a film with charming and imaginative 5 year olds enjoying a school musical. The film would be worthwhile without a meaningful story. In fact we are treated to a heartfelt journey of a young woman to find first her sexual identity but moreover her life’s purpose. The story mirrors all of our sexual journeys where we unintentionally hurt someone who loves us and are intentionally hurt by someone we loved. This French film with English sub-titles can truly be compared to such great movies as Terms of Endearment and Ordinary People. Feb. 2014

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