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