Skip to main content
  1. AXS Entertainment
  2. Arts & Entertainment
  3. Movies

Mitchell's Top 20 Films of 2013: #12 "Blue is the Warmest Color"

See also

12. "Blue is the Warmest Color" - Adèle Exarchopoulos gives one of the very best performances of the year as a high school student discovering her sexuality and graduating into womanhood through a passionate love affair with an early 20-something collegiate co-ed with blue hair.

Director/co-writer Abdellatif Kechiche winds through Adèle's (Exarchopoulos) and Emma's (Léa Seydoux) relationship for almost three hours of film, and intricately captures subtle - and not so subtle - nuances which show love as wonderful and also traumatic.

Whether she eats at the dinner table or lies fast asleep in bed, Kechiche spends a - seemingly - excessive amount of time on Exarchopoulos's face.

By focusing his camera solely on her, he willingly anchors the audience to her highly charged, very racy and engaging coming-of-age story.

With two very torrid bedroom scenes, this film is rated NC-17 for a reason.

One love-making scene in particular runs for about eight minutes but is not accompanied by flowery dissolves or ornate background music.

Kechiche simply shoots two women in love and in fervor.

It is raw, intense and feels very real.

These moments are also important to the story because they cement the attraction the women have towards one another.

Obviously, couples do not spend a majority of their time in the bedroom, and the film does not spend the majority of its time in Adèle's and Emma’s bedroom either.

The film occupies plenty of stretches with Adèle and Emma having philosophic conversations, making dinner, enjoying time with friends, and lounging around, and in the process Exarchopoulos and Seydoux organically create their characters' relationship.

By devoting 2 hours and 59 minutes to the narrative, Kechiche takes the time to effectively showcase their connection.

No matter how Adèle and Emma express their love in subtle ways throughout a typical day, we remember and know their bond is complete, beautiful and rare.

Follow me on Twitter: @MitchFilmCritic


Today's top buzz...

  • NBA point guards
    The other guys: NBA's top 5 underrated point guards
    NBA Buzz
  • Gwen Stefani
    From Snoop Dogg to Gwen Stefani: The special Coachella guests we loved seeing
    Music News
  • The Ultimate Warrior
    An autopsy on the Ultimate Warrior reveals what suddenly killed the wrestling hero
    Fight Sports
  • Marlon Wayans
    Exclusive: Marlon Wayans dishes on 'A Haunted House 2' and getting sexy with a doll
    Movies Buzz
  • Scott Harnell
    Philadelphia Flyers forward Scott Hartnell has been fined $5K for spearing
    NHL Buzz
  • Game of Thrones
    The stars of 'Game of Thrones' react to the shocking purple wedding
    TV Buzz

User login

Log in
Sign in with your email and password. Or reset your password.
Write for us
Interested in becoming an Examiner and sharing your experience and passion? We're always looking for quality writers. Find out more about and apply today!