My friends - the very few that also happen to be lesbians, like myself - have been raving on about this French film for a long while now. I'm pretty sure I knew about this film a long time before they started telling me about it, as I stumbled across it at HMV months ago and hadn't the courage to purchase it.
Everyone knows I'm a stereotypically prudish Brit, who has no intention of seeking out pornography, though the way they spoke about it made me feel less dirty and strange about watching Blue is the Warmest Colour. So in a particularly brave mood, I watched it on Netflix and LOVED it!
In Blue is the Warmest Colour, Adèle struggles to find somebody she loves - trying both boys and girls - before she finds Emma, the gorgeous blue-haired, butch girl, by chance in the streets. They meet again at a lesbian bar and arrange to meet, falling in love.
It's probably the most realistic film about same-sex relationships that I've ever seen (probably because the other films I've seen were made in the 60s and 70s...) and was really bittersweet and plausible. There was very natural actresses and appearances (as they are beautiful naturally and never wear makeup), with a very ordinary, believable story and setting. Blue is the Warmest Colour is extremely modern, with youths' love for dance parties and music festivals, as well as seemingly celebrating other cultures in France.
The actresses are incredibly talented in the roles of Adèle and Emma, so much that I even felt sorry for them when things turned ugly, even at times when I probably shouldn't. Just see the way Adèle eats, and you'll know that the actress expresses her personality and traits in everything she does!
Towards the end, it's obvious that their love is disintegrating because of their differences (Emma is very artistic and cultured, and Adèle can't understand her arty friends most of the time), so Adèle's depression was unbearable to watch. The actress was brilliant at these parts, as she made the usually stoical, almost moody Adèle breakdown in tears, sobbing openly with snot running down her face.
Sure, there's a lot of sex scenes, but in this film I could overlook it.