Lesbian Drama Set To Take Top Honor At Cannes Film Festival

Variety wrote it contained “the most explosively graphic lesbian sex scenes in recent memory.”

Here is what you need to know about the French film Blue Is The Warmest Color, which has been creating quite the buzz at the Cannes Film Festival:

1. The three-hour film focuses on Adele, played by French actress Adele Exarchopoulos, and her love interest Emma, played by Lea Seydoux.

Loosely based on a graphic novel, the film spans a coming of age period in Adèle’s life. From her last years of high school to her young adult years pursuing a teaching career. But, at heart, the story is about finding that first love.

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2. The film, directed by French director Abdellatif Kechiche, is the favorite to win the Palme d’Or on Sunday.

This award is the highest prize awarded at the Cannes Film Festival and is presented to the director of the best feature film of the official competition.

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3. The film’s elicit and graphic sex-scenes have been getting a lot of attention from critics:

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The Hollywood Reporter said the “sprawling drama” would “raise eyebrows” as it crossed the barrier “between performance and the real deal”.

Variety magazine says the scenes blur, “the line between simulated and unsimulated acts.”

4. It strays away from the usual “lesbian film” stereotypes and tropes:

As the IndieWire review puts it, “One of the refreshing aspects here is that although the sexual orientation of the central pair is never shied away from (certainly not in the detailed, graphic sex scenes), the film largely eschews the traditional LGBT coming out narrative, and aside from an ugly scene in the school grounds early on, that aspect of Adèle’s development is largely backgrounded until later in the film.”

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5. The two co-stars couldn’t be more adorable together on the red carpet:

Their performances have both received rave reviews.

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6. You can watch some clips from the film:

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In this clip, Adele defends herself from a girl calling her a lesbian at school:

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To sum up: Three hour lesbian film with fantastic acting, story-line, and sex scenes?

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Sarah Karlan is the Deputy LGBT Editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.
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