Una Mullally

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Blue Is The Warmest Colour

The controversy surrounding the Palme d’Or-winning film continues.

Tue, Oct 29, 2013, 16:23


What would a lesbian film be without drama? When Blue Is The Warmest Colour won the Palme d’Or back in May, it was lauded for its intense and realistic portrayal of a lesbian relationship. But since then, it has been beset with dramz.

The CliffsNotes to the controversy surround the working conditions on the shoot, which was meant to take two and a half months but ended up taking five months, primarily surround the director Abdellatif Kechiche’s practices during filming. Some of the crew spoke of “moral harassment”, and although the performances of the two leads, Léa Seydoux and Adèle Exarchopoulos have been almost universally acclaimed – with plenty of chatter about the lengthy sex scenes – they have gone on to describe the filming experience as “horrible”.

The Huffington Post has an eight-pointer on what you should know about the film, which decides the audience should ignore the controversy surrounding it.

Julie Maroh, who wrote the the original, which Kechiche adapted said, “As a feminist and lesbian spectator, I cannot endorse the direction Kechiche took on these matters. But I’m also looking forward to hearing what other women will think about it. This is simply my personal stance.”

The New Yorker has a good review piece on it here. And in the Observer at the weekend, Kechiche was interviewed, and defended the problematic issues of a man telling a lesbian love story. Kechiche also appeared to threaten legal action against one of the stars, Seydoux.

Back to the sex depicted in the film, and Dana Steven’s wrote that it’s not about the intensity of sex, but the intensity of love. The Daily Beast returned to the graphic novel to examine the much talked about sex scenes.

Manohla Dargis wrote about ‘the trouble with Blue Is The Warmest Colour’ with an rather off-putting first line “It was her derrière that first caught my eye.” Richard Brody writes about the sexual politics of the film here.

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The film opens in the UK and Ireland on November 22nd.