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Review: Masterful & Sublime Cannes Palme d'Or Winner ‘Blue Is The Warmest Color’

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • October 23, 2013 7:07 PM
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Why do we watch movies? No, really, why is it? As close an answer as we’ve ever come to for our own, fairly evident obsession with what we consider the greatest storytelling medium humankind has ever developed, is well, that life is short. Bear with us a second on this: basically to submerge yourself in a story well-told is a way to live out other lives within your own, and through those complex and magical processes of identification, to breathe and dream and feel things that your own short span might otherwise never afford you. Of course for many movies, that experience, of killing a mutant robot or whatever, may have evaporated before you’ve picked the last of the popcorn husks from between your teeth. But occasionally, very rarely, we experience the cinema not of escape but of exploration in which the discoveries you make stay with you and become knitted into the fabric of your memory as surely as if you’d really been there, really done that. And so it was with Abdellatif Kechiche’s “Blue is the Warmest Color” which was one of our most transportative, truthful and sublime movie experiences of anything we saw at Cannes this year.

'Blue Is The Warmest Color' Director Threatens To Take Lea Seydoux To Court, Calls Her A "Spoiled Child"

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 23, 2013 12:47 PM
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Here's a piece of advice for Abdellatif Kechiche: let it go. While he was certainly right to defend himself after accusations first surfaced from his "Blue Is The Warmest Color" stars Lea Seydoux and (to a much lesser degree) Adele Exarchopoulos, in the weeks since, it seems to be mostly his voice we've been hearing. From declaring the movie shouldn't be released to changing his mind and entertaining the notions of a sequel, Kechiche hasn't seen a press opportunity he couldn't seize upon. He's now unloaded his biggest statement yet.

“It Was Just You, Your Skin, And Your Emotion”: Lea Seydoux & Adele Exarchopoulos Talk 'Blue Is The Warmest Color'

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • October 22, 2013 1:09 PM
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Alfred Hitchcock and Tippi Hedren, Stanley Kubrick and Shelley Duvall, David O. Russell and Lily Tomlin. At the Los Angeles press day for Palme d'Or winner “Blue Is The Warmest Color" (our review), we were given these precedents by a publicist for the film's increasingly heated behind-the-scenes controversy, which began at Cannes and has slowly unfurled ever since, and was presumed to be one of the key topics for our roundtable conversations with director Abdellatif Kechiche and his lead actresses, Lea Seydoux and Adele Exarchopoulos.

New York Film Festival Wrap-Up: My 5 Favorite Films

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • October 14, 2013 4:08 PM
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51st New York Film Festival Wrap-Up
The 51st New York Film Festival is quickly coming to a close and it’s frankly taken us a little by surprise how fast its ended (this is also a way to say, damn, we’re still a little behind on some reviews). But it has been an excellent festival, so like Oli's more contemporaneous BFI London Film Festival diaries, I wanted to recap what I've seen so far. While there was no secret screening—director Kent Jones' dream of bringing Martin Scorsese's "The Wolf Of Wall Street" to the fest were squashed when Scorsese fell behind in his editing—this year's festival was still one of NYFF's best.

NYFF: Abdellatif Kechiche Open To 'Blue Is The Warmest Color' Sequel, Says Director's Cut Will Be 40 Minutes Longer

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 11, 2013 6:05 PM
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After a rapturous Palme d'Or-winning reception at Cannes, and sweeping through Telluride and Toronto, Abdellatif Kechiche's "Blue Is The Warmest Color" rolls into the New York Film Festival, and for once, this story isn't about the clash of personalities between the director and stars. Instead, it's about the film itself, what the future might be bring, and the possibility of even more from the already 3-hour relationship drama.

'Blue Is The Warmest Color' Director Changes His Mind, Says The Film Should Be Released After All

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 11, 2013 3:09 PM
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And so the back and forth continues between the director and stars of "Blue Is The Warmest Color," whose constantly colorful quotes to the media threaten to overshadow the Palme d'Or-winning movie itself. We're not going to recount the blow-by-blow-by-blow back and forth, but if you must, just click here and you'll get everything you need. But among the wilder words thrown around in the past few weeks came from the mouth of director Abedellatif Kechiche, who said the film shouldn't be released because it has been "soiled too much." But it appears he's since calmed down a little bit.

Watch: Léa Seydoux & Adèle Exarchopoulos Share A Kiss In New Clip From 'Blue Is The Warmest Color'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 8, 2013 11:04 AM
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After weeks of mudslinging between director Abdellatif Kechiche, and stars Léa Seydoux and Adèle Exarchopoulos, it has been easy to lose perspective on their actual film, "Blue Is The Warmest Color." While the fascinatingly raw interviews have drawn the most attention in the run-up to the release of the film, let's not forget this is Palme D'Or winner, one in which the actresses shared the prize with the director for the first time in Cannes history. It has received near universal praise, and so today comes a fresh look at the movie itself.

'Blue Is The Warmest Colour': Lea Seydoux Felt Like A "Prostitute," Director Says Sex Scenes Didn't Go Far Enough

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 7, 2013 4:45 PM
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We can't even keep score with the back and forth between "Blue Is The Warmest Color" director Abdellatif Kechiche, and the stars of the Cannes Palme d'Or winning film, Léa Seydoux and Adèle Exarchopoulos. While they may have all been smiles and hugs on the Croisette, in the run up to the film's release this fall both in France and the U.S., bitter feelings have risen to the surface. The actresses have been very vocal about why felt was an unbearable shoot, while Kechiche has gone so far as to suggest the movie shouldn't be released at all. And the battle of wills continues.

10 Films To See In October

  • By Kristen Lopez
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  • October 2, 2013 12:25 PM
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10 Films To See In October
You could be inclined to believe October is just like any other month, especially since there’s only one major horror movie set for wide release to scare your pants off on Halloween. Sadly this must-see slate of ten won’t sate your bloodlust, but it does feature awards-contenders, smart indies and survival thrillers that will have you grabbing the person closes to you. And moreover, these are ten good movies that we think are worthy of your time and money over the next thirty days. So let's dive right in....

'Blue Is The Warmest Color' Director Says The Film Shouldn't Be Released & He Thought Of Replacing Léa Seydoux

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 24, 2013 11:34 AM
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"Blue Is The Warmest Color" goes the title of the film, but it seems it's also the bitterest. While the epic lesbian relationship drama has been earning rave reviews (here's ours) ever since it premiered at the Cannes Film Festival, winning the Palme d'Or in the process, it has also earned its share of harsh words from nearly everyone involved. There have been allegations from the crew over reportedly tough working conditions, graphic novel author Julie Maroh has shared her concerns on the adaptation of her work, while the lead actresses Léa Seydoux and Adèle Exarchopoulos have publicly stated they'll never work with director Abdellatif Kechiche again. The director didn't waste time firing back, and he continues not to mince any words about everything that has happened since Cannes.

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