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Watch: First 2 Clips From Steamy 3-Hour Cannes Entry 'Blue Is The Warmest Color' Starring Lea Seydoux

by Kevin Jagernauth
May 23, 2013 10:38 AM
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Abdellatif Kechiche's 'Blue is the Warmest Color', Lea Seydoux

If you have a thing for Lea Seydoux, this was a good year to be at the Cannes Film Festival. The French actress spends most of "Grand Central" (read our review here) either naked or strutting around noticeably bra-less in a jean shorts and a one piece body suit. And then there's "Blue Is The Warmest Color," an epic three hour lesbian love story with love scenes that are already creating chatter, with Jeffrey Wells noting that one sequence in particular earned applause during the movie. Damn.

Directed by Abdellatif Kechiche -- the filmmaker behind the awesome, under-seen foreign film, "The Secret of The Grain" which won several key Cesar Awards in 2008 and also took the Jury Prize in Venice the year before -- and based on the graphic novel by Julie Maroh, the picture tracks the up and down of a fledgling, same-sex relationship. Here's the official synopsis:

At 15, Adele doesn't question it: a girl goes out with boys. Her life is turned upside down the night she meets Emma, a young woman with blue hair, who will allow her to discover desire, to assert herself as a woman and as an adult. In front of others, Adele grows, seeks herself, loses herself, finds herself...

Sundance Selects has nabbed U.S. distribution, but it has been scooped up for Canada by Mongrel Media. Watch the clips below, and sorry dudes, they are entirely safe for work.

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  • oracle2world | June 8, 2013 1:32 PMReply

    Nothing wrong with a little girl on girl. What was the plot of this movie?

  • DAVE | May 27, 2013 7:25 AMReply

    Wow. Just wow.

    Homosexuality was officially nixed as a "mental disorder" years ago. Long, long after your brain stopped evolving, I suspect, as you seem to have the mental sophistication of plankton.
    Why no natural lubrication in ones bottom then ? Homosexuality is just being kinky with good PR

  • Kaia | May 26, 2013 6:29 AMReply

    sorry dudes, entirely safe for work??? f-u

  • Bonjour Madamselle | May 24, 2013 10:29 AMReply

    Damn... I wanted to see some carpet munching...

  • Jamie | May 23, 2013 5:25 PMReply

    I have only seen Lea Seyodux in her small roles like Mission Impossible Ghost Protocol, Midnight in Paris and Inglourious Basterds. So I look forward to seeing what she can do in Blue is the Warmest Color and Grand Central.

  • TB | May 23, 2013 5:47 PM

    She's been phenomenal in lead roles in several French films. I couldn't recommend Sister, Farewell My Queen, or Belle Epine (her other film with Grand Central director Rebecca Zlotowski) highly enough. Very excited to see both of her films from Cannes this year.

  • Dorothy B. | May 23, 2013 5:13 PMReply

    An attempt to glamorize a mental disorder. If your mind is causing a sexual attraction 180 degrees from your physical makeup, what else can it be?

  • Z | May 23, 2013 7:32 PM

    Wow. Just wow.

    Homosexuality was officially nixed as a "mental disorder" years ago. Long, long after your brain stopped evolving, I suspect, as you seem to have the mental sophistication of plankton.

  • d | May 23, 2013 5:45 PM


  • g | May 23, 2013 1:11 PMReply

    This film is about gay women. So, why aren't you writing "woo hoo, gay ladies, this film is for you?" this is a gay movie.

  • El Hanso | May 23, 2013 2:39 PM

    It's not a gay movie and it would be stupid to call it that. It seems to be a film about being gay, about gay love, but that doesn't make it a gay film. We should stop labelling stuff this way. It's a film about love, "about personal choice and freedom," as Jacques Demolay put it here in the comments. Calling it a gay movie will - sadly - push many people away.

    I'm just assuming you don't mean "a movie only for gays," cause that would be even worse. So gays aren't allowed to watch "The Notebook?" Bummer...

  • Ginger liu | May 23, 2013 1:05 PMReply

    Why do you have to belittle ("sorry dudes") a movie about gay life. Its incredibly hard and confusing and scaring when you realize you are gay. But the Playlist is obviously just writing for straight "dudes" who want to wack off. Shame.

  • Chingatch | May 23, 2013 11:48 PM

    What are you? "Whackophobic"!???

  • TB | May 23, 2013 5:48 PM

    Word, Ginger Liu. Word.

  • Jacques DeMolay | May 23, 2013 1:38 PM

    Um, you're misdirecting the blame here. It's not The Playlist's fault that, despite the film's INTENDED target audience, the REALITY is that a ton of straigh men are going to watch clips of this hoping to see two hot French chicks get it on. The Playlist's comment was A) a throw-away joke in the first place that you're reading way too much into, and B) not belittling the movie in any way, but rather belittling the reality of the situation, which is that 99% of the population will just think "Oh, french lesbian movie. Sounds hot!" rather than "Oh, French art flick about personal choice and freedom! Sounds deep."

  • Laura | May 23, 2013 12:03 PMReply

    Is it just my phone or does the first one not work?

  • Joe | May 23, 2013 11:02 AMReply

    Yes, there IS U.S. distribution for "Blue is..." Sundance Selects picked it up a day or two ago.

  • Z | May 23, 2013 7:34 PM

    Awesome! Hadn't heard. Thanks for the heads-up.

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