Film pick: Blue is the warmest color (R21)

Film pick: Blue is the warmest color (R21)
French film is a visceral tale which wants to get in your face to challenge your notions of sexual identity and love.

BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOR (R21)

172 minutes
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Unlike Brokeback Mountain, Blue Is The Warmest Color refuses to be a sensitively wrought, forbidden love story which would bea tad too melodramatic, not to mention ho-hum, if it were not about a homosexual relationship.

No, the French film is a visceral tale which wants to get in your face to challenge your notions of sexual identity and love.

Despite Adele's copious shedding of tears when Emma dumps her, Blue has scant regard for sentiments.

Boys are interested in Adele (Adele Exarchopoulos, far left), a pretty French junior high school student. She reciprocates and sleeps with one of them, albeit half-heartedly.

Her sexual explorations take a lesbian turn when she appears to fall in love at first sight with Emma (Lea Seydoux, left), a fine arts undergraduate and aspiring painter.

This article was published on May 9 in The Straits Times.

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