Here’s the film that created a stir last year, not only because of the subject matter but because the two young stars, Léa Seydoux and Adèle Exarchopoulos accused the director, Abdellatif Kicheche, at Cannes, of being oppressive and intrusive in his directing methods. Nevertheless, the film won the Palm D’Or and the jury insisted that the three of them share the prize, so impressed were they by the contribution that the actors made to the film.
This is a passionate love story between Adèle, a schoolgirl, and Emma, an older and more experienced art student. The first half of the film tracks their coming together and the heights of their passion for each other. Three years go by and, in the second half, we find them living together and we watch the painful disintegration of their relationship. The camera concentrates obsessively on Adèle’s face throughout and this young actress shows remarkable expressiveness.
This is a long film, at three hours, but, truly, not one to be missed.
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