Adèle Exarchopoulos and Léa Seydoux deliver stellar performances in this award-winning tale of adolescent self-consciousness and sexual discovery as schoolgirl Adèle (Adèle Exarchopoulos) struggles to conceal her lack of interest in boys while falling infatuated under the spell of older, more worldly blue-haired art student Emma (Léa Seydoux). Blue is the Warmest Colour is a brilliant portrayal of the intensity of desire and first love. It is, at once, believable, moving and unmissable.
At three hours in length, the power of the film is in its construction. You could split it into two distinct chapters; the first is the intensity of discovery; while the second is where the difficulties and complications of a real relationship are explored. It is a wrenching emotional experience and, if anything, more impactful than the much publicised sex that marks the start of the relationship. The film won the director (Abdellatif Kechiche) and the two leads the Palme d’Or at Cannes 2013. In French with English subtitles.
Film of the day: Blue is the Warmest Colour – Tuesday at 11.35pm on FilmFour.