Blue is the Warmest Colour

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(Ab­del­latif Kechiche, 2013) Tues­day, 11.35pm, Film4

This Palme d’Or-win­ning love story is an as­ton­ish­ingly in­tense por­trait of quiv­er­ing youth­ful pas­sion, and much of that is down to the lu­mi­nous per­for­mances of his two young stars. Adèle (Adèle Exar­chopou­los) is a thought­ful high-school girl who be­comes fas­ci­nated with the more ma­ture and in­tel­lec­tual art stu­dent Emma (Léa Sey­doux). Their ar­dent re­la­tion­ship is laid bare not just in ex­plicit, ut­terly hon­est sex scenes, but in the cam­era’s closeup fo­cus on their en­rap­tured faces. This is a vi­brant, deeply touch­ing ro­mance.

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