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Blue is the Warmest Color

I’ve seen a lot of great films this year, and seen a lot of amazing performances by Matthew McConaughey, Jared Leto, Leonardo DiCaprio, Bruce Dern, and Michael B. Jordan to name a few, but Adele Exarchopoulos hands down gives the best performance of the year in Blue is the Warmest Color.

Two films this year have been able to examine the intimate workings of relationships better than anything I’ve seen in a very very long time.  One is Before Midnight and the other is Blue is the Warmest Color.  Both films are delightful, but also very painful as well.  Blue examines the growing pains of a relationship in two parts, and really three movements; the before, the during, the after.

Adele Exarchopoulos stars as Adele, a young high school girl who is confused about her sexuality.  She is the object of affection from a young boy at school, and all her friends think the world of this boy.  He seems like a really great guy, so why shouldn’t Adele date him?  She does, and eventually has sex with him, but can’t really explain why she breaks up with him to her friends.  She however knows that there is something missing in that relationship that she yearns for.

She begins experimenting with girls, realizing maybe that is what she wants.  She goes through some confusion with one girl at school, before running in to Emma (Lea Seydoux in another amazing performance).  Emma, an art student at a university, is a little bit older than Adele, and is much more experienced and comfortable with that fact that she is gay.  Her family is comfortable with it as well.  Adele soon begins living in two worlds as Emma and her become closer.  She goes to Emma’s house for dinner and is introduced as Emma’s girlfriend where they talk about fine wine and art, and more open-minded topics.  The same can not be said when Adele brings Emma over for dinner and has to hide the fact that they are lovers, introducing her as just a friend she met who goes to art school.  Adele is trying to figure out and define her life and it can be very confusing at times for her.

The second half of the film deals with Adele and Emma’s adult relationship with each other.  It examines the path that two people take and join in together, and how they grow together.  It also examines how two people can be torn apart through the decisions they make.  It is an almost perfect representation of a relationship that many people can relate too.

The first half of Blue is the Warmest Color is an examination of youth trying to understand their sexuality, and understand really what core decisions Adele make’s that will form her life in the future.  The second half of Blue isn’t as much an examination of a gay relationship between Adele and Emma, as it is an examination of pretty much any relationship.  It takes the sexuality almost out of the picture, in which the first half is extremely sexually graphic.  We get to see the inner-workings of their relationship, the push, the pull, and the heartbreaking moments that define it.

Blue is the Warmest Color is the best acted film of the year, it’s one of the best directed, making it one of the best of the year.

Grade: A+