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Blue Is the Warmest Color | 2013 | NC-17 | - 10.3.6

A young woman (Adèle Exarchopoulos) explores her desires with the help of another woman (Léa Seydoux). The two women fall in love with each other. Also with Salim Kechiouche, Aurélien Recoing, Catherine Salée, Benjamin Siksou, Mona Walravens, Alma Jodorowsky, Jérémie Laheurte, Anne Loiret, Benoît Pilot, Sandor Funtek, Fanny Maurin, Maelys Cabezon and Samir Bella. Directed by Abdellatif Kechiche. [2:59]

SEX/NUDITY 10 - A woman and a young woman have sex in an extended scene: they are both fully nude (bare breasts, abdomens, buttocks, and partial genital areas are seen) and they kiss and caress each other; there are several scenes where one performs oral sex on the other (we see her head between the other's legs), they kiss and caress, and moan and stimulate each other digitally; they also stimulate each other digitally while slapping each other on the buttocks and continue kissing and caressing.
 A young man and a young woman are shown in bed and having sex; they are fully nude and we see the young woman straddling the young man and thrusting (her bare breasts, buttocks, abdomen, back and legs are shown); the young man then thrusts on the young woman (we see the young man's bare buttocks, genitals, back and abdomen) until they climax and they then lie nude in bed holding each other (we see her bare breasts, abdomen, hips and legs).
 A fully nude woman and a fully nude young woman have sex and we see them thrusting on each other, kissing and we hear them moaning and panting (bare breasts, buttocks, genitals, back and legs are seen). A woman and a young woman have sex and we see them fully nude (bare breasts, buttocks, abdomens, backs and legs are seen) kissing, thrusting and climaxing; we then see them lying together nude talking about sex and orgasms and then sleeping.
 A young woman touches a woman's hand while sitting together in a restaurant, she kisses her fingers, licks them and puts them in her mouth; the two kiss passionately and the young woman puts the woman's hand in her crotch and they stop. A woman lies in bed covered to the abdomen with a sheet (part of her bare breast and nipple are seen) while a young woman undresses (her bare breasts, buttocks, abdomen, back and legs are seen) and climbs in bed with her; they talk and hold each other, then kiss and the young woman says that she wants the woman, who says that she can't because she has her period. A young woman touches herself sexually while sleeping and imagines a woman kissing her and touching her; we see the young woman's bare breasts when she pulls up her shirt and her bare abdomen when she reaches into her pants to masturbate and she moans and breathes heavily until she climaxes.
 A young woman lies fully nude (we see her hairless genitals, bare breasts, legs and abdomen while she poses for a woman who sketches her (we see the sketch and her bare breasts and abdomen are seen). A young woman showers and we see her bare buttocks, back, legs and the side of her bare breast. We see a woman's bare, pregnant abdomen while a young woman and another woman touch it.
 Male couples are shown kissing in a gay bar in a couple of scenes. Female couple are shown kissing in a gay bar in a couple of scenes. Male couples and female couples are shown kissing and holding one another during a parade. A woman kisses a young woman on the face and neck while they sit on a bench on a park and they kiss and caress each other. A young man and a young woman kiss passionately on a dance floor and he kisses her neck (sex is implied). Two young women in a public restroom kiss and one kisses the other on the neck before she is rebuffed. A young man and a young woman kiss in a car. A young man and a young woman in a dark movie theater touch hands and kiss tenderly. A young man and a young woman kiss in a school stairwell. Two young women talking about finding another young woman attractive kiss tenderly. Three women in a gay bar tease a young woman for being underage and one of them tries to kiss her (the young woman pulls away and acts embarrassed). A woman kisses a young woman on the cheek. A young woman looks at a woman longingly while they lie next to each other in a park; they smile and they kiss tenderly.
 A young woman folds her shirt up and we see her bare abdomen and back. A woman wears a tank top that reveals cleavage and bare shoulders. A woman wears a low-cut, tight-fitting dress that reveals cleavage. Women and children are shown at the beach and wearing swim suits; one child's swimsuit bottom rides low and part of the buttocks cleavage is seen while a young woman's one-piece suit reveals cleavage, bare shoulders and back and legs. We see several statues and paintings of nude women that reveal bare buttocks, breasts and hairless genitals while a woman and a young woman walk through a museum. We see several paintings of nude women in an art gallery (bare breasts, genitals, buttocks, back, legs and abdomens are shown) and some depict sexual activity (two women lying with their legs entwined, etc.). We see a few men wearing makeup and high heels and dressed in women's clothing in a parade. Male couples are shown dancing in a gay club in a couple of scenes. A young man and a young woman dance at a club; the young woman takes off her sweater and the shirt that she is wearing reveals cleavage and her bare abdomen and lower back while she shimmies her hips.
 A woman asks a young woman to go for a drink and they are shown sitting in a park together and talking. Women leave a bar and are seen with their arms around each other as they walk. Two women stand on a street holding each other and a young woman stares at them as they walk past each other. A young woman stares at another young woman as she walks past and remarks about her buttocks; then tells another young woman that she finds her attractive.
 A young woman interrogates another young woman about whether she had sex with a young man or not; she denies having had sex and jokes, "I'm pregnant." A young woman appears jealous while she watches her girlfriend talking to another woman. A woman and a young woman talk about their sex lives with other people. Several high school aged girls talk about having sex using crude terms and make a remark about a young man being "into" a young woman. High school aged girls and boys read aloud from a book describing attraction and love; there is a reference to a woman flirting with men. A woman describes a young woman in a gay bar as "a straight girl who is curious." People drink wine with dinner and toast to "love." A joke is made about a worm crawling out of a plate of spaghetti and saying "that was some gang bang." People talk about sexual pleasure and pleasures of the other senses.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 3 - Two young women argue about whether one of them is a lesbian; the argument escalates with name-calling and accusations until they lunge at each other and fight briefly (we see them pulling each other's hair and yelling) until they are separated by others. A woman and a young woman argue about one of them being unfaithful; the argument includes yelling and shoving as the accused denies her infidelity; one shoves the other, shakes her then slaps her in the face before shoving her out of the apartment and slamming the door (the glass door shatters).
 Students are shown protesting and shouting "No privatization" and "No job cuts." A young woman interrogates another young woman about whether she had sex with a young man or not (she denies having had sex).
 A young woman cries uncontrollably in a few scenes; in a couple of scenes mucus runs down her lip and into her mouth. A young woman breaks up with a young man and he cries. A woman argues with someone over the telephone and appears angry.
 A young man and a young woman talk and the young woman says, "I feel like I'm faking" and she cries (she's talking about her relationship with another young man); the young man tells her "stop torturing yourself." A woman and a young woman talk about eating oysters and one describes them as "snot balls." People eat oysters and one woman describes how the oyster must move when lemon is squeezed on it or it is dead and should not be eaten.


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LANGUAGE 6 - About 12 F-words, 32 sexual references, 11 scatological terms, 16 anatomical terms, 8 mild obscenities, 18 derogatory terms for homosexuals, name-calling (crazy, sex cops, dumb, idiot, stupid, weird), 1 religious exclamation (Thank God).


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SUBSTANCE USE - Young men and young women drink beer while in a group outdoors and some are shown smoking cigarettes as well, a young woman drinks a beer and smokes a cigarette while preparing food for a party, people are shown drinking alcohol in several bar scenes, a man and a woman and a young woman drink wine with dinner in a few scenes, several people are shown drinking wine with dinner and toasting, a man says that he and a woman have had some wine to drink before dinner, people drink champagne at a party, and people at an art gallery drink alcohol. A young woman smokes a cigarette in a schoolyard, a young man and a young woman smoke cigarettes while sitting on a bench, two young women smoke on stairs outside a school, two women smoke at a dinner table, and people drink champagne at a birthday party.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - First love, love at first sight, predestination, goals, ambition, tragedy in literature, culture, Fine Arts, homosexuality, confusion, disappointment, fulfillment, infidelity, Sartre, philosophy, ending a love affair, success, homophobia.

MESSAGE - Relationships are difficult and change over time. Figuring out who you are can be a painful process.

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Be aware that while we do our best to avoid spoilers it is impossible to disguise all details and some may reveal crucial plot elements.

We've gone through several editorial changes since we started covering films in 1992 and older reviews are not as complete & accurate as recent ones; we plan to revisit and correct older reviews as resources and time permits.

Our ratings and reviews are based on the theatrically-released versions of films; on video there are often Unrated, Special, Director's Cut or Extended versions, (usually accurately labelled but sometimes mislabeled) released that contain additional content, which we did not review.


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