2013: #1 Blue is the Warmest Color

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Directed by: Abdellatif Kechiche
Written by: Abdellatif Kechiche and Ghalia Lacroix
Starring: Adèle Exarchopoulos and Léa Seydoux
Distributer: Sundance Selects
Country: France
Language: French
Rating: NC-17
Running Time: 179 Minutes
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
Date released: 11/1/2013
Date seen: 11/9/2013
Worldwide Box Office Gross: $19 Million
# of Oscar nominations: 0
# of Golden Stake Nominations: 3 (Best Supporting Actress, Best Actress, Best Adapted Screenplay)
# of Golden Stakes Won: 3 (Best Supporting Actress, Best Actress, Best Adapted Screenplay)

Looking back on the films of 2013 I feel like there have been two dominant patterns running through the year in cinema.  The first of these themes, movies about people taking part in get rich schemes while living gaudy lifestyles, was perfectly embodied by my number two choice, but my number two choice fits in with the year’s other dominant theme: intimate dramas about the challenge, the pain, and the beauty of love and romance.  To my eyes the film that did the most with that theme was Abdellatif Kechiche’s epic relationship drama Blue is the Warmest Color.  The film is one part a coming of age film and one part a chronicle of a relationship between two distinct lovers.  It’s a story that seems simple and intimate, but what really sends it into the stratosphere is the way that Kechiche manages to pack the film with detail and really lets you live with these people for an extended period of time.  You really start to feel like you know these people and you see them grow and evolve in some pretty dramatic (and yet logical ways).  By the end of the film you feel like you’ve witnessed every intimate detail of this affair and fully understand what went right and what went wrong with it, the one thing you don’t know is what the future holds for the film’s tantalizing central character.
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