Blue Is the Warmest Color
Blue Is the Warmest Color poster
Directed by Abdellatif Kechiche
Produced by Abdellatif Kechiche

Adèle Exarchopoulos
Léa Seydoux

Cinematography Sofian El Fani
Editing by Ghalia Lacroix
Albertine Lastera
Camille Toubkis
Distributed by Wild Bunch
Release 9 October 2013
Running time 179 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget €4 million
Gross revenue $6,627,524

Blue Is the Warmest Colour (French: La Vie d'Adèle – Chapitres 1 & 2 – "The Life of Adèle – Chapters 1 & 2"), also known as Adele: Chapters 1 & 2, is a 2013 French romantic drama film written, produced, and directed by Abdellatif Kechiche. It won the Palme d'Or at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, and became the first film to be awarded the prize to both the director and the lead actresses.

The film is based on the 2010 French graphic novel Le Bleu est une couleur chaude by Julie Maroh which won several awards and was published in North America in 2013 as Blue is the Warmest Color. (Early promotional materials used the title Blue Angel.) The film had its North American premiere at the 2013 Telluride Film Festival.


Adèle is a secondary-school student whose female friends gossip about boys and encourage her to go out with a boy who is attracted to her. They date and have sex, but she is dissatisfied and breaks up with him. While walking on the street one day, she passes by a girl with blue hair and instantly falls in love. She goes with some gay friends to a gay dance bar, but leaves and walks into a lesbian bar, where she experiences assertive advances from some of the women. The blue haired girl is also there and intervenes, claiming Adèle is her cousin. The girl is Emma, an advanced Fine Art student. They become friends, but Adèle finds herself even more inlove with Emma. After a while, she confesses her love to Emma, who reciprocates. They have sex and begin a relationship. Adèle moves in with Emma, and they meet each other's families, although Adèle does not explain that Emma is her lover, presenting her as a tutor whom she regards as a friend. Over the course of several years, the two girls live happily together. Adèle finishes school and joins the teaching staff at an elementary school, where one of her male colleagues shows an interest in her. Jealous of Emma's apparent intimacy with one of her friends, Adèle agrees to go out with him. Emma discovers the brief affair and kicks Adèle out of the apartment they share. Some time later, Adèle and Emma meet at a restaurant. Adèle is still in love with Emma, but Emma is in another relationship and is no longer in love with Adèle. Emma forgives Adèle and says she will always think fondly of her.


  • Adèle Exarchopoulos as Adèle
  • Léa Seydoux as Emma
  • Jérémie Laheurte as Thomas
  • Catherine Salée as Adèle's mother
  • Aurélien Recoing as Adèle's father
  • Sandor Funtek as Valentin

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