Blue Is the Warmest Colour left me with a feeling of melancholy. This is a coming-of-age film that provides an immersive experience as we follow Adele through a selection of her formative years. We are with her as she experiences love, discovers her sexuality, ventures into uncharted waters and matures into a young lady. Although the film was three hours long, I didn’t feel the time at all because I was entranced by the characters throughout. I’m glad that the majority of the film were close-ups of Adele. Laughing, eating, dreaming, dancing, crying – she wasn’t just beautiful, she felt real. Blue Is the Warmest Colour transported me into its world and I couldn’t separate myself from it even long after the film was over.
I think I should point out that this is a romance/drama film with lesbian themes. I’m not sure if this is everyone’s cup of tea but I found it intriguing, since it was different from all the other romance films out there. While I’m not sure if this is a reliable source to get a perspective on lesbian sexuality, given all the controversy this film has gotten, I still felt it was a fascinating experience. It’s unique, honest, and the director had a few golden perspectives on life that I would hold on to and never forget. I do regret not getting the chance to watch this in Singapore’s cinemas when it came out, I know would have enjoyed the cut version better (I feel that sex is something very private, watching people go at it makes me feel extremely uncomfortable because I’d feel like a voyeur).
I’ve only seen a handful of french movies that serve the audience with cliche happy endings. Most didn’t even have endings. If I had watched this film with my friends, I know they would go “Huh? That’s it?” if they saw the ending. I wish people gave more credit to directors who do away with happy endings. I remember walking out of La La Land feeling extremely satisfied that it ended the way it did, as opposed to others who thought otherwise because they wouldn’t go to the cinemas to watch something “realistic”. Anyway, I find the tragic, the sad and the ambiguous much easier to appreciate and hence … I really liked Blue Is the Warmest Colour. It gave me the same feeling of warmth I got when I read Eleanor and Park. It’s also the kind of sad, heartfelt, romance film to watch alone on a rainy day.
Trailer: Contains minor spoilers but I think it is fine.
Rating: R21 (sex, adult themes)
Good Film: Yes