LONDON – Abdellatif Kechiche’s Blue is the Warmest Color is a long, long film about lesbians falling in love, and it’s French, and you have to read the Goddam thing because the Assholes insist on speaking French for the whole Goddam film, and yet it’s one of the best things I’ve seen this year by miles. And no, that’s not because of the ten minute long sex scene. Or not only.
Based on a graphic novel by someone, the film traces a relationship from love at first glance through passion, to disillusionment and betrayal. It takes its own sweet time, but with that you enter the lives of Emma (Léa Seydoux) and Adèle (Adèle Exarchopoulos) to such an extent that when the film is over you feel almost as emotionally drained as the fictional characters. Almost like you lost two friends. This is as good as love stories get.