2013 ***** 179 mins.
This is a film that seems tailor-made for me. A three hour long French film that tells the story of a central female character, as she tries to find love. The film's length allows all the subtleties of a relationship to be explored. The film is a brilliant dissection of what is necessary to maintain a relationship. Every frame of the film is exquisitely crafted, and every element of the film is there for a purpose. The film's NC-17 rating even allows for symbolism in the sex scenes that would be otherwise impossible. The graphic lesbian sex scenes are sure to turn many away, but as I stated already, there is an artistry and sense of realism to them. I have heard many complaints about how "absurd" they are, but I firmly believe those who complain the scenes aren't realistic must be people who have never been in a passionate relationship. I found them to be very realistic, and are very important to the story at hand. Adele Exarchopoulos and Lea Seydoux are spectacular in their roles. I have already been impressed with Seydoux's work, but Adele Exarchopoulous really owned every scene she was in. Abdellatif Kechiche's direction was truly top notch in this film that won Palme d'or at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival. This is, without a doubt, my favorite film of 2013, and it's a shame that it was completely ignored by the Academy.
Original theatrical aspect ratio: 2.35:1 (HDCAM)
Rated NC-17 for explicit sexual content.
Abdellatif Kechiche and Ghalia Lacroix
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