Before watching this film I did a lot of research on it. I read many reviews of the film, watching interviews of the cast, and even followed the drama that unfolded between the director and actresses in the movie. Though I was excited to see the film that received rave reviews from Cannes, and got enticed to watch it by the amount of buzz that was circulating on it, I honestly wish that I hadn’t read anything before watching it. By the time that I got around to watching the film, when it was released on Netflix, I knew the whole plot line and was just waiting for certain events to unfold rather than watching it with no assumptions. That being said, I wouldn’t recommend that you keep reading if you haven’t seen the film yet. Some people don’t mind knowing the plot, but mystery is one of the greatest elements of film and art in my opinion.
The basic plot line revolves around the turbulent relationship between Emma (Lea Seydoux) and Adèle (Adèle Exarchopoulos). Adèle is a high school student when she meets Emma, an older woman with whom Adèle forms a relationship with. At first Adèle is hesitant as she questions her sexuality but throughout the film you are able to see her grow into a confident and complex woman.
Firstly I would like to discuss the performances. Though Adèle Exarchopoulos and Lea Seydoux both gave noteworthy performances, for myself and many others Adèle captured her character in a truly honest and endearing way. I thought that she not only gave a convincing performance but also seemed to leave a part of herself with the character that she played. In interviews she is known to be blunt and honest about grueling production process that she faced thanks to the persistence of director Abdellatif Kechiche to capture the actresses at their most vulnerable and exposed moments.
To be honest the sex scenes in the film were rather over the top. Although I was able to see the raw passion between the couple and the uninhibited way that they related to one another, I also felt that drawing the sex scenes out to be so dramatically long and explicit was pushing the line towards shock factor. Other than this element I loved the film the characters were complex and the realism of the cinematography of the film was beautiful. I would highly recommend watching, just not to those who are shy!