Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Movie #3 : La vie d'Adèle / Blue is the warmest color (Abdellatif Kechiche)

Today, I will talk about "La vie d'Adèle" ("Blue is the warmest colour"), a great movie that I saw recently. I must say, that, at first, I didn't want to watch it, and I only did because I heard good critics about it. Indeed, even if it was a controversial movie, it got the Palme d'or in Cannes last year and my grandmother loved it (that's often a good sign !).

"La vie d'Adèle" is a movie about the relationship between Adèle (Adèle Exarchopoulos) a teenage girl and Emma (Léa Seydoux) a student in arts. It was written after the comic "Le bleu est une couleur chaude" (I didn't read it but it got a price and, if you're interested, you can find the author's work here : Julie Maroh).

A story about everyone's life

Watch the trailer and guess what it's about...

...Guess what...You're wrong !!!

When I first watch this trailer and I was like "Ok, that's not for me" (I already watch good movies about homosexual activism, but that's not what touches me the most). But in truth, the story isn't about lesbians. I read that the comic was, nevertheless here it just happen to be two girls in love. It could have been anyone.

The story is in two parts. The first one about Adèle in high school / her new love with Emma ; the second one is about Adèle in the working life / her long-last love with Emma.
To summarize (spoiler alert !!), in the first part, Adèle is in high school in Lille's area (North of France). She loves books and is willing to find love. She dates Thomas an other student, but she doesn't feel much. Then she meets Emma, and that is the love at first sight. She discovers then the "gay" world and tries to assume her love with Emma. However, she's not from the same class and has nothing of the "gay stereotype". So she has to deal with the stereotypes people have to find who she really is and where she belongs.
In the second part, Adèle is working as a teacher and Emma as a painter. They live together, even if Adèle still hides somehow their relationship. Adèle still feels uncomfortable in Emma's world and Emma expects Adèle to change, like if Adèle the teacher wasn't enough for her (she keeps asking her to become a writer). At one point she gets bored and lonely and cheats on Emma with a colleague. Emma dumps her right away and begins a serious relationship with Lise, a long-time friend who already has a child. Adèle becomes depressed, but eventually she understands that even if their love still exists, there is no relationship anymore.

Why I like this movie

Adèle Exarchopoulos really is the strength of the movie !
I thought it will only be a movie about lesbian problems, but in fact, it's way more than that. It's a movie about the life problems. The problems in a couple, The problems about being who you want to be. The problems about being in society without giving up to prejudges. I thought it will be about homosexual acceptance, but in fact it's about love and tolerance. The two subjects I'm really interested in !


For me, we have to decide between love and passion. That may sounds sad but we cannot have both. Passion brings too much strong feelings for a balanced life. While love only growths with time and establishment. I may be wrong, but I have the feeling that Emma made that choice between having an exciting but exhausting life with Adèle and having a successful family live with Lise. However, she had before a passionate life with Adèle and I like how the director conveys the emotion. I even liked the crude sex scenes which sound real for me (I read that they weren't real for the lesbian community, but for me they were more real than every sex scene I had seen before_at least no girl screaming for nothing !). However, they were too long for me and at one point, it became embarrassing.


For me tolerance isn't just about accepting minorities. It's about accepting that nobody sticks to the clichés. Knowing that we like to put people in boxes, but that they're so much than that. And all this really makes sense in the movie. From the beginning, where Adèle can not just simply fall in love with someone without having to embrace the lesbian identity, to the end, where Adèle cannot do what she likes (teaching) without being disconsidered. I love also the parallelism between the dinner at Emma's parents place and Adèle's. They're from different worlds and have a totally opposite vision of life. And the good thing is that nobody's right !

In conclusion, as you probably understood, I really liked this movie. And if (to be really honnest), I get a little bit bored in the beginning (I slept actually !), I really enjoy the whole rest (so from the moment they became a couple). But in the end, it's a movie you don't want to end ! Adèle Exarchopoulos is also a great actress who really brings a lot to the movie and watching her makes you feel everything she acts.
Well, so as you saw, it was really a great experiment for me, and I hope if you see it, you'll enjoy it as much as I do !

Improved Bechdel Test : AC (3/5) (Pour comprendre ce label, cliquez ici)

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