Unfortunately Blue is the Warmest Color will likely not be hitting your local theatre anytime soon because it has been hit by the dreaded NC-17, which means limited screenings across North America. Why has the MPAA bestowed it with such a rating? Because of the many sex scenes in the picture. However the sex is honest, beautiful and integral to the picture. How Blue gets this rating while the Saw movies received an R is beyond me. I think it’s an attempt to silence the LGBTT community of cinema.

The film stars Lea Seydoux as a woman named Adele. Her life is changed when she meets Emma, a young woman with blue hair, who will allow her to discover desire, to assert herself as a woman and as an adult. In front of others, Adele grows, seeks herself, loses herself, finds herself.

Despite the film being 3 hours long, it actually seems pretty short for the subject matter. There are countless films about falling in love, but few try to make an honest attempt at portraying what love really is. There is no cheap sentimentality, ridiculous coincidences or cutesy attempts at being funny. Blue is the Warmest Color catches the universality of love and maintaining strong relationships, The sexual realization of Adele is perfectly shown in the movie and the picture’s dedication to developing the character is remarkable.

The characters feel like real people and the script is so fluid you forget you’re watching a film. Though there is struggle and heartache, the true moments of love make you wish that you had a relationship as good as Adele and Emma’s. Blue makes it so this relationship is actually possible if you wish to go out and get it, unlike the relationships portrayed in so many Meg Ryan flicks. Some might call the long sex scenes excessive, I call them absolutely necessary.

If you can only see one picture in 2013 make it this one. It is a remarkable technical and humane achievement that will surely stand the test of time. Those who oppose same sex coupling will change their minds after this flick, or look like terrible people.

Praise it! 5/5

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Check out more reviews by Michael Carlisle on his website.

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