Blue is the Warmest Colour
(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.