Oct 7 2013 7:03am

Blue is the Warmest Color Trailer

Blue is the Warmest Color, based on a graphic novel, opens in the United States in limited release October 25. It tells “The story of a young lesbian couple's beginning, middle and possible end,” and got the highest award—the Palme d'Or—at the Cannes film festival. It is rated NC-17 because of explicit sex, and is already the subject of controversy because of how the male director approached the filming of the sex between the two leads.

Beyond the behind-the-scenes discussion, however, apparently is a lovely, touching film about a girl's exploration of her own identity.

What are your favorite coming-of-age films?

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1. scarlettleigh
Weird - I saw this post this morning, and then went on my daily surfing and just now ended up on Huffington Post, and saw this:
"Blue Is The Warmest Color" star Lea Seydoux has told The Independent that filming the controversial romance's centerpiece sex scene left her feeling "like a prostitute."
The admission comes in an interview with Seydoux and co-star Adele Exarchopoulos about director Abdellatif Kechiche's new lesbian romance and his unorthodox production methods.
"Of course it was kind of humiliating sometimes, I was feeling like a prostitute," Seydoux said of the film's sex scene, which the actresses have previously said took 10 days to shoot. "Of course, he uses that sometimes. He was using three cameras, and when you have to fake your orgasm for six hours ... I can't say that it was nothing. But for me it is more difficult to show my feelings than my body."
Seydoux and Exarchopoulos made similar comments about the "Blue Is The Warmest Color" sex scene in an interview with The Daily Beast in September.
"Once we were on the shoot, I realized that he really wanted us to give him everything," Exarchopoulos said. "Most people don't even dare to ask the things that he did, and they're more respectful -- you get reassured during sex scenes, and they're choreographed, which desexualizes the act."
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2. MFrampton
@scarlettleigh: I saw some of that coverage also, and it is disturbing if the director made his actors feel uncomfortable like that. The trailer makes the movie look really good, though, so I'm torn about seeing it.
3. scarlettleigh
@MFrampton - Yes, I understand being torn. It made me question -- as a viewer would I still be able to stay in the story, or am I immediately going to flashback to the comments by the two actors involved when the sex scenes are show. My initial thought is that I probably would think of their comments and that might hinder or distract from the possible poignancy of the scenes. I also questioned if two male actors would have been more assertive - maybe not putting up with so much and if the women's age and gender played a role. Or if they just decided the benefits outweighed his demands.
4. scarlettleigh
I am not normally this dense. You had the link to the article in your blog. H E L L O . My defense is that I hadn't had my first cup of coffee yet. For some reason, I missed that.
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