BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOR (Mongrel, 2013) D: Abdellatif Kechiche, w/ Adèle Exarchopoulos, Léa Seydoux. Rating: NNNN; Blu-ray package: NNN Rating: NNNN
Blue Is The Warmest Color finds beauty and emotional truth in the story of a very ordinary love affair.
High school senior Adèle (Adèle Exarchopoulos) and blue-haired art college student Emma (Léa Seydoux) pass each other on the street and are instantly interested. When they finally meet, love blossoms at once. Intimacy, sex, meeting each other's families and friends, living together, graduation, work and breakup follow.
There's one homophobic schoolyard squabble, but this isn't an issues movie. The focus stays squarely on Adèle and Emma's emotions, often delivered in enormous close-ups and acted with documentary realism.
The movie runs just under three hours, but the ever-moving camera finds a wealth of telling details to keep it engaging throughout.
The two extras interviews yield a good portrait of director Abdellatif Kechiche's filmmaking philosophy and highly unusual working methods.
EXTRAS Kechiche and Exarchopoulos interviews. French audio. English subtitles.