When I really think about it, Blue is the warmest colour is a very unremarkable film. I mean, what is it really about? It is about a teenage love affair that probably everyone has experienced at least once in their lives. Everyone has had that one intense and emotionally devastating relationship.
The only distinguishing feature this film has, to my mind, is the sex scenes – which I found titillating because, well, they’re damn near pornographic. But even this experience is spoiled when you find out how they shot those intimate moments. It sounds like the director, Abdellatif Kechiche, has a lot to answer for.
It was only when I spoke to lesbian and gay folk that I truly understood the significance of this film. The fact that this film exists and depicts a bog standard ordinary relationship between two young women says a lot about the state of western society.
I admit, it was fascinating to watch Adele (played by the freaking excellent and gorgeous Adele Exarchopoulos) go through her sexual enlightenment – but I feel like I have seen that story before. Yes, it was probably a heterosexual story, but still, I am finding it hard to differentiate. And that, I guess, is a good thing.
But on the question of whether Blue is the warmest colour is a good film – I simply don’t know. It’s alright I guess. But this film is damn 3 hours – this story isn’t a three hour story.
But I am delighted that we are in a place where this film exists and instead of finding it even remotely offensive, I just find it boring and the story… well, too normal.