Though adored by critics, "Blue is the Warmest Color", a favorite on the festival circuit is receiving criticism from another source: its makers. A film about sexual discovery among two women, already famous for a 12 minute lesbian sex scene, no longer rides on the passion the film itself set out to create.
Director Abdellatif Kechiche has been accused of providing an unsuitable environment for his actors and crew. Léa Seydoux, one of the leads, was particularly frank when it came to the working conditions on set.
It’s just that it was horrible -- the shooting was horrible. And yes, of course, as an actress it’s my job, and sometimes you can feel manipulated but in a way that goes beyond the movie, it goes beyond the character. It’s something that touches you deeply, the human being, and you can feel not respected and that this is not work anymore.
These kind of rivalries are not uncommon but Mr. Kechiche's response to the backlash turned things in another direction. Speaking of the betrayal he felt:
I think this film should not go out; it was too sullied. I felt a rejection of me; I live like a curse.
Fearing his actors' comments will prove it impossible for audiences to watch the graphic scenes "with a clean heart and a watchful eye" he added:
In advance, they will ask: 'Did this man not harass the girls? Did they not cherish [the experience], too, and they do not dare say it?
Through the controversy, the film continues to reap the benefits of its negative process and is becoming one of the most talked about film of the year.
The film will be released uncut with an NC-17 rating on Oct. 25.