By Tracy E. Gilchrist (May 26, 2013)
Earlier this week Cannes was all abuzz over tonight’s premiere of Blue is the Warmest Color ([italic]La Vie d'Adele - Chapitre 1 & 2[/italic]), a film with a moving love story and explicit lesbian sex scenes from Tunisian director Abdellatif Kechiche. Now it has taken the festival’s top prize, the coveted Palme d’Or, according to the [italic]Houston Chronicle[/italic].
The film, with its three-hour running time, was picked up for distribution by Sundance Selects, so look for it at an art house near you sometime soonish, according to [italic]Indie Wire[/italic].
Based on the 2010 graphic novel of the same name, [italic]Blue is the Warmest Color[/italic] stars newcomer Adele Exarchopoulos as 15-year-old Adele and Léa Seydoux ([italic]Farewell, My Queen[/italic], [italic]Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol[/italic] and [italic]Midnight in Paris[/italic]) as her girlfriend Emma.
Reviews have alternately praised the film's sensuality and explicit sex scenes. [italic]The London Times[/italic] Kaya Burgess called it “one of the most beautifully and unobtrusively observed love stories I’ve seen on film,” while [italic]The Hollywood Reporter[/italic]’s Jordan Mintzer wrote, "Surely to raise eyebrows with its show-stopping scenes of non-simulated female copulation, the film is actually much more than that: it's a passionate, poignantly handled love story,” according to [italic]Reuters[/italic].
The film’s young leads accepted the award along with their director, according to the [italic]Houston Chronicle[/italic].
[italic]Indie Wire[/italic]’s got the first clips from the film, but don’t look for explicit lesbian sex in the scenes below, unless talking philosophy is like sex for you (it is for some).