(Warning: contains spoilers)
I absolutely adored this film. It might be my top film that I’ve seen in 2013 (if there is such as a thing as ONE film of the year to fall in love with). Time was taken with the story, the dialogue was realistic, and the whole way the relationships were played out felt like I was right in the room, on a particular street or in that school yard with the characters. The excitement of first contact (for the younger character) with another high schooler girl’s kiss, then that same teen later actively seeking out a bar where lesbians frequent hoping to catch a closer look at the gal she turned her head for passing on the street, then the psychological foreplay of philosophical discussion leading to getting into the sack and having the kind of sex that most lesbians I’ve known could only dream to have…any negative comments I’ve read about the sex scenes just allude my reality.
Much like ‘Brokeback Mountain’, the director had these two actresses barely say “hello” offset before jumping into their first sex scene (the one we see first), and what you see is just a portion of 800 hours of footage shot over 5 months. I found the sex scenes very HOT. The way that the storyline played out before they made it to the sheets was a more feminine approach than we normally see in a cross-over film.
What struck me about the entirety of the project was the way the class differences were handled, the consequences of internalized homophobia, the concept of betrayal and ‘cheating’ (in who’s eyes?), and just experiencing a first devastating falling in the kind of can’t-help-it-lust-love thing that many of us have had…Blue is the Warmest Color is a lifesaving film that should be seen by every teen in America and abroad and used to stimulate discussion about several topics.
For anyone who wonders, “why all the accolades?”, it is precisely because the story is pretty universal and is so much bigger than any one thing that can be focused on. Sex as a single issue to dwell on for many reviewers just tells me more about how rigid that reviewer must be – even if she or he sees themselves as sexually open and progressive when it comes to critiquing art. As with the film Melancholia (2011) which some critics narrowed down to the subject of depression, Melancholia was so much more than that. It was a film that contained such an enormous emotional depth to every frame that was wrapped in some cinematic magic, and Blue is the Warmest Color does the same for me.
I believe this film deserves a lot of praise for taking on so many levels of humanness while the subject of passion burns at its core. It took me on an emotional journey of my own past and reminded me of several friends I’ve known – both gay and straight – who have traveled this road before. Other than the youth, body types and light skin color of the actresses involved, this is in no way a lesbian relationship given the Hollywood-style treatment type-of-film. If it were, the ending would have been very predictable, and this one is far from that.