It’s the most wonderful time of the year! (I know, I keep saying that.) But that’s because it’s true!
Every year, I wait for September because of TIFF. I love films and I feel really blessed that I’ve been able to attend in the past 7 years. I’ve seen a lot of movies and even though some of them wouldn’t make my Fave lists, I am always glad I saw them. The #1 reason why I love films is because it gives me a different perspective (literally and figuratively). If you’re new to this blog, you’ll soon learn how much I value perspective and aim to expose myself to as many variations as possible.
So, you can see how I can totally relate to TIFF’s mission statement:
“to transform the way people see the world through film.”
My first film this year was Blue Is The Warmest Color… and I think it’s going to be a hard one to beat. It’s especially touching given the recent events in Russia in regards to the LGBT community. I hope anyone who has any sense of prejudice against gays can watch this film and see that love is love.
Here’s my under 140 characters review. Keep reading for more details.
Blue Is The Warmest Color: BRILLIANT!! Beautifully shot, thought-provoking and incredibly emotional. Best part? The acting. Wow. #TIFF13
— Maria♡Aguilar (@MariaAguilar) September 6, 2013
So what’s the story about?
From the TIFF website: Abdellatif Kechiche’s bold, passionate and controversial love story about the tempestuous relationship between a sensitive high-schooler (Adèle Exarchopoulos) and an assertive art student (Léa Seydoux) won the Palme d’Or at this year’s Cannes Film Festival.
Here’s the International trailer:
My take on it:
It’s a story about LOVE – not just about two young lesbians. It was incredible to watch Adèle’s (main character) journey through love, life and self discovery. I felt connected with her and what she was going through. I think anyone who’s ever fallen in love can relate to their story. It’s beautiful, painful and real. The acting by both girls was truly impressive! I was honestly blown away. Even moreso when I met them and realized they were nothing like their characters.
Before the film started, TIFF CEO Piers Handling mentioned the importance of the gaze in the movie. As a Communications major and Photographer, I am somewhat obsessed with the gaze. I can’t even put into words how important that part of the movie is for me. You have to see it to know what I mean.
It was also shot beautifully with rich details and I definitely noticed the use of the colour blue.
There’s some controversy surrounding the film as one of the sex scenes, which lasted 10 minutes in the film, took 10 days to film. With the risk of sounding like a perv, I will say that it was an incredible to watch and I was very impressed with the way it was shot. (An older lady two rows in front of us commented, “Wow… I wish i had sex like that!” and a bunch of us couldn’t help but snicker. Hilarious and super cute!)
As far as the format goes, the movie is about 3 hours long. The first 45 minutes felt a bit slow for me, although in hindsight, the background story and introduction was completely necessary. After that, the film takes you on a whirlwind and the last 2 hours and 15 minutes pass by pretty quickly. It’s emotional, provocative and tells a beautiful story. This is what I mean when I talk about the beauty and bites of life. This film captured that for me.
My rating: 5/5 and I obviously highly recommend it.
During the TIFF screening:
Adèle Exarchopoulos saying a few words before the film started. She said they worked really hard for this film and she hoped we enjoy. (She is so freakin’ cute omg)
Léa Seydoux saying a few words, too! She was saying that she couldn’t see us, but she knows we’re there and she hoped we enjoy the film. Because we’re going to be here for the next 3 hours watching it (lol)
During the Q&A, Director, Abdellatif Kechiche talking about how he didn’t want to work on a serious film, but this film ended up being really serious anyway. (I don’t think he meant to be so funny, but he was so honest and hilarious!)
Talking about how natural their chemistry was.
And here she’s answering a question by someone who mentioned the horrific situation that the LGBT community faces in Russia. He asked if they think this film will change minds. She answered that YES, of course. They hope that people can watch this film and see that love is love, it has nothing to do with gender.
After the movie, we caught them while they were having a smoke (how French, right) and I had to ask Adèle for a photo! She was so pretty in person and so, so so sweet!! Lea was nearby and I really wanted to ask her for a photo, but a crowd had started forming and their PR peeps wanted to get ’em out of there, I’m assuming to the screening party.
There’s still one more screening left for this film during TIFF (tomorrow, September 7th) and I highly recommend it. One of the best films I’ve seen in a really long time.
Does this movie seem like your thing? If you’ve seen it, I’d love to hear your thoughts! Or if not, tell me about a movie you’ve seen this year!