sexta-feira, 22 de novembro de 2013

Blue Is The Warmest Color - La Vie d'Adèle (2013)

The 2013 Palme D'Or winner from Cannes Film Festival, La Vie d'Adèle - Blue Is the Warmest Color, is indeed a complex movie to review... Director Abdellatif Kechiche brings to the audience the portrait of the early adult day by day life of a young girl, Adéle, with a stunning performance by 19 year old actress Adèle Exarchopoulos, and in particular her love relationship with another woman, Emma, through a very unique visual style and approach. This a good movie, no doubt about that, but there are certain aspects that can be questioned. First, the length. The movie lasts for 3 hours and don't get me wrong, it is no pain at all, but there are so, so, so many scenes that should be cut out in the editing room that it feels we are watching just too much pointless scenes throughout the movie. Yes, it is a unique style to show the day by day, thoughts and expressions of Adèle, but was it necessary? Is it conclusive? I don't believe so. On the other hand, there are so many plot points that really should be addressed due to the nature and approach of the movie, but are instead ruled out with no explanation at all: themes that are introduced and then put aside like Adèle's parents reaction to her homosexuality, or a relationship that unravels later in the movie. The movie is unbalanced in form and subject: if all those day by day pointless scenes are excused due to this being a movie about Adèle's whole life (in her young adult years), then why does it keep coming back to the "relationship" theme, then gets out of it, then presents another plot point that, when it starts being developed, just leaves it and goes back to the "relationship"? Why does it keep presenting the same scenes? Blue Is The Warmest Color is a good movie, with great performances, a good european feel and a eye catching unique directing style, that unfortunately just feels unbalanced in structure.

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