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Lingvistov Films in English: Blue Is the Warmest Color (2013)

Directed by Abdellatif Kechiche
Starring Lea Seydoux, Adele Exarchopoulos
 
Blue Is the Warmest Colour is a 2013 French romantic coming of age drama film written, produced, and directed by Abdellatif Kechiche and starring Lea Seydoux and Adele Exarchopoulos.
 
PRE-WATCH
 
The movie centers on a 15-year-old girl named Adele who is climbing to adulthood, questioning her sexual identity and experiencing her first love. Do you agree that first love plays a very important role in everybody's life? Do you remember your first love?
 
VOCABULARY
 
I. Explain the following words and word combinations. Use the dictionary if necessary. Make up your own sentences.
 
Blue-is-the-Warmest-Color1junior (student)
senior (student)
Applied Arts/ Decorative Arts/ Fine Arts
to put smb off
gross
underage
to affirm one's freedom and values
a prophet
commited
it sounds phony
a vice
to pass smth on
to have a tough time
your notes are up
to live off painting
to have an artistic side
to earn a living
to appear on canvas
to expose one's life to the world
to accentuate the line
 
CONTENT QUIZ
 
II. Recall the situations with these dialogs:
 
- It wasn't good?
- Yes. It was great.

*  *  *
 
- I wanted to know, when was the first time you tasted...
- Tasted a sausage?
- Tasted a girl.
- A girl? You mean kiss or taste?
-  [chuckles] Kiss. To start with, then we'll see.
- I was fourteen. Sometime around then. There was a party, all the girls had guys. I went out with Louise - that was her name, Louise. We didn't kiss at the party, but... I invited her to sleep over. That's when we kissed.
- Have you always preferred girls?
- I tried both. I dated guys, girls, and I realized I preferred girls. For sure.
 
*  *  *
 
- I was big on Sartre in high school.
- Really?
- It did me good. Especially in affirming my freedom and my own values. And the rigorousness of his commitments. I agree with it.
- Sort of like Bob Marley. Almost.
-  [laughs] I'm not so sure of it.
- I'm almost sure of it. Their ideas are similar. You know "Get Up, Stand Up"?
- Yeah I know it.
- He's committed.
-  [Nodding in agreement] It's true.
- Same as Sartre. A philosopher, a prophet, same thing.
 
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But I have infinite tenderness for you. I always will. All my life long.
 
III. Answer the questions:
 
1) When sitting in the park Adele and Emma are talking about philosophy. According to Emma whose idea is that 'existence preceeds essence'?
2) What book is Adele reading on the bus to school when Thomas starts a conversation with her?
3) What does the name 'Adele' mean in Arabic?
4) Which painter does Adele give reference to several times throughout the movie?
5) Before her relationship with Emma we see Adele marching in a protest. What do the participants of the protest demand?
 
CHARACTERS
 
IV. Choose one of the main characters (Adele/ Emma) and answer the questions:
 
1) What is she studying?
2) What family does she come from?
3) Describe her personality
 
DISCUSSION
 
V. Answer the questions:
 
  1. In the beginning of the movie Adele has a short relationship with a guy named Thomas but finds no satisfaction in this relationship and soon starts dating Emma. Do you agree that if it wasn't for her unsuccessful attempt with Thomas she would have never considered dating girls?
  2. How do we understand that Adele comes from a middle-class working family while Emma is from an upper-class artsy family?
  3. There are several extended sexual scenes throughout the movie. Do you agree that such scenes are an integral part of the film?
  4. Why does Adele decide to cheat on Emma? Does she no longer love her or are there any other reasons for her adultery?
  5. Why does Adele decide to come to Emma's exhibition at the end of the film? Why does she leave so soon?
  6. Do you agree that the blue color is very symbolic? If yes, give examples and explain what it symbolizes. Have you noticed any other examples of visual symbolism in the movie? If yes, which ones?
  7. The French title of the film is "The Life of Adele - Chapters 1 & 2". Does it mean that the story is to be continued?
  8. What future do you think life has in store for Adele? What about Emma?
  9. What is the idea of the film?
  10. At the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, the film unanimously won the Palme d'Or from the official jury and the FIPRESCI Prize. Do you think the film deserved it?
 
VI. Read several reviews of the film and write your own.
 
Below are some of the reviews available on the Internet:
 
New Yorker Review
The Guardian Review
Rogerebert Revew