Directed by Abdellatif Kechiche. With Léa Seydoux, Adèle Exarchopoulos, Salim Kechiouche, Aurélien Recoing. Adèle’s life is changed when she meets Emma, a young woman with blue hair, who will allow her to discover desire and to assert herself as a woman and as an adult. In front of others, Adèle grows, seeks herself, loses herself, and ultimately finds herself through love and loss.
There’s a saying from politics, to paraphrase: ‘you’ll know it when you see it’, and buddy, I have seen it. I’m not saying that to detract or to titillate (teehee), but to prepare anyone that goes in, this movie has graphic scenes of lesbian sex. They’re well shot and well acted, but none the less, it’s not a family movie that you can just pop on for the kids to enjoy. Instead, this is an emotional roller coaster of a movie that follow’s a woman’s discovery of what she wants from life with all the twists and turns that kind of journey always entails. This is my very first Criterion edition bluray that I bought for reasons (it was the sex scenes) but also because I found it super cheap on Amazon and I had a gift card burning a hole in my digital pocket. I’d seen the gratuitous scenes previously but had heard how well done the story was, so was happy to find that the movie stands on it’s own. It’s a weird comparison, but after the movie was over I felt the same feels after I finished Chasing Amy, which was another movie about the growth of a person through their sexual adventures, albeit a much more humorous take on the subject.
It’s a great film, just be aware of what you’re getting into if you’re about to watch it.