Comment The life of Adèle, of Kechiche
The capital love
«If you want to turn your life into eternity link and remain lucid even in the heart of the frenzy, love … Love with all your forces, love as if you could not do another thing, love even encelar princes and gods … since only in the love the ugliness embellishes».
What the day owes to the night, Alexander Arcady, 2012
On the novel of Yasmina Khadra
Movie: Adèle's life (Chapters 1 and 2).
Original title: The vie d'Adèle.
Direction: Abdellatif Kechiche.
Interpretation: There reads Seydoux (Emma), Adèle Exarchopoulos (Adèle), Jeremie Laheurte (Thomas), Mona Walravens (Lise), Aurélien Recoing (Adèle's father), Catherine SAlée (Adèle's mother).
Year: 2013. Countries: France, Belgium and Spain. Duration: 179 min.
Genre: Drama, romance.
Script: Abdellatif Kechiche and Ghalia Lacroix; free adaptation of the graphic novel blue is a warm color, of Julie Maroh.
Production: Laurence Clerc and Olivier Théry-Lapiney.
It photographs: Sofian Fani. Assembly: Ghalia Lacroix, Albertine Lastera, Jean-Marie Lengelle and Camille Toubkis.
Distributor: Dizziness Movies.
I release in France: On October 9, 2013. I release in Spain: On October 25, 2013.
Qualification for ages: Not recommended for 16-year-old minors.
At its 15 years, Adèle does not have doubts that a girl must go out with boys. But its life will change forever when it meets Emma, a young woman of blue hair, which will discover his what is the desire and the way towards the ripeness. This way, Adèle will grow, look for herself, will get lost and will meet again, and all this under the attentive look of those who surround it.
Adèle's life, or the life that they show us of Adèle across two chapters of its life, is the life of a young woman along almost a ten years. A young woman who, like all, tries to discover its sexuality. We see her going out of house, one and another day to take the bus that leaves it at the edge of the institute. In its daily monotony, in its everyday life, we see her repeating almost the same gestures, day after days, the pants being raised pulling the rear buckle and atusándose the hair. Quite with big naturalness. There it is where one of the biggest achievements takes root of this interesting movie on the adolescence and the beginning of the ripeness. Its class is the refuge, the literature is the cave where it submerges to try to discover the keys of the life. And the experimentation will be the practice that leads him to the real love. Adèle will have to avoid a series of obstacles: the social pressure, the conventionalities, the family, the friends' band, etc. Nowadays the homosexuality keeps on being a topic taboo. A part of the society tends to consider the homosexuals to be beings "raritos", with the blue hair, and tomboys' rogue for the girls lesbian and made effeminate for the gais. While this movie was acclaimed in the past festival of Cannes (it rose with the golden Palm) a few kilometers further away were evident for the recognition of the homosexual marriage. But also a part of the society (in this case French) turns around and mosquea for the attainment of these rights.
Adéle is lost. It goes out with a boy, but «he lacks something» in its relation. It tries to be honest to these feelings that it tries to discover. In its way a partner, there says to him the beauty who is and kisses it, this innocent person (or not) wakes up kiss to Adéle a feeling that is not capable of limiting and that previously also had experimented on having crossed with a girl of blue hair. It was only one cautious, but sufficient to make him feel something in its interior. She feels bewildered and begins looking, trying to understand that it is what it spends to him, what is what he feels. And in this way the girl of blue hair crosses again. It is a question of Emma, something major than she and something more experienced. But both are completely different. The only thing that they have in common is its love. A capital, passionate, almost wild love. A love that turns out to be indecent to the eyes of the timorous ones, but that is longed in the rest of the mortal ones. Who does not want to have in its life a spark of this caliber even with the risk that you go out electrocuted? Adèle and Emma are conscious of that they have the slightly only, slightly nice, but: will it be sufficient to keep a relation stable? Emma lives in a world surrounded with the people who loves the culture. Mostly its friends are artists, a few painters, other gallery owners. Emma wants to attract to this world Adèle. And it presents it to all. But also he wants to change it. Ah, this thing that is always invoked by love. It starts for: "this shirt you does not feel good» and finishes for:« porqué you do not write a novel since one gives to you very well». This attempt of modification, this attempt of constructing in other a little that you lack or that you would like that it had, it is the cancer of the relation. And Adèle will be confused in some aspects but he knows what it wants to be, knows to what he wants to devote himself. And in this future nothing more has capacity that is next to Emma. It is as well as she is happy. And one says it and it is showing it to itself in a beautiful plane in which the two are naked under the clothes of the bed. Emma is reading a magazine on art and Adéle, which has just washed the whole pots battery, gets into the bed and curls up next to you placing the head on its breast. Like that it is since like she it sees the happiness, being next to the dear person and knowing that on the following day he is going to teach its small pupils. He does not need any more. A sensual scene, without devices and full of authenticity. Behind we have left the worn sex. The first brilliant, erotic scenes and entirely well-taken. With two minutes we already know that it is the dust of the century. Across these naked, full bodies of youth, united in the only one, it transmits the whole unimaginable passion. With big naturalness we understand its Love. A big achievement. Then the director enjoys himself already in the move, abuses the reiteration and it even me extracts of the room, with the echo of these dry slaps in the bottoms of the protagonist (one more realism feature, there is no sweet fund music, there is nothing more that two bodies copulando, with screams up to coming to the paroxysm). Great has been the polemic on to the sexual suppressed high place of the movie. Had it been the same scandal if the images had been led by a heterosexual couple? Since of course that the aftereffect had been a minor. The Tunisian frank director has enjoyed himself (in the widest sense) in this scene of nearly ten minutes. But in its favor it is that also it does it in other almost insubstantial scenes (those that develop in the classrooms both of adolescent and of mature woman) and in its against ofrece images of nudes that contribute nothing (like the protagonist in the shower). On having rolled in digitalis, it has had to of repeating the scenes up to the exhaustion. And about that the young actresses have complained.
Other of the big merits of the Kechiche tape is the performance of the actress Adèle Exarchopoulos (French, of Greek father). There goes way of turning into an erotic myth (which I do not know if it is a praise). Half Laeticia Casta, half Scalertt Johanson, brown eyes, excited hair and beefy lips, it realizes an anthological performance. With many naturalness it is capable of transmitting what is coming his to the mind in spite of only seeing its face. On having seen it, we endure these doubts that fill it with suspense and with suffering. Namely it acts with the body and also with the mind. The same that transmits its sorrow to you, infects the immense happiness to you after gay walks its love in the holiday of the pride. In a previous comment referring to Blue Jasmine, handyman who were coinciding these two movies with our publicity board. And they have nothing in common. I have to rectify: the performance of two women protagonists can be considered of epic.
Its cinematographic couple, Emma, runs to load of another wonder. Magnificent performance that supposes a good counterpoint. It is a question of Léa Seydoux. For its features there him goes more this role than that of protagonist, although it is provided with a lot of more experience, the director «it relegated it» to the background. It has worked with the big directors (Damned bastards, 2009 of Quentin Tarantino; Midnight in Paris, 2011 of Woody Allen; impossible Mission. Protocol bogey, 2011 of Brad Bird) and right now it has in publicity board Sister (2012, Ursula Meier). It takes an unstoppable career.
The Adéle life is not a pamphlet moralist in favor of the homosexual relations. Its director shows, sets on the white cloth, a few topics of tremendous actuality. It is more if it has something in its debit the tape is precisely that, that happens on tiptoe on the acceptance or the rejection of these relations in the bosom of the family (with four pincelas we know of its conservative character) or in the band of its friends. But this was another movie, it was not the Kechiche target. He narrates of skillful and natural form Adèle's life with a slow, suitable tempo, with primerísimos planes that immerse us in Adèle's life. Sometimes one recreates the beefy lips of the young woman, in mouth sempiternamente half-open, up to the point of which almost we breathe its breath. This closeness puts us directly in its intimacy. A proper, sensitive and hard language. Brilliant. I begin thinking very seriously that to another side of our border they are doing an impeccable movies and I believe that something the cultural policy will have to do in it. The last successes like Untouchable (Olivier Nakache, Eric Toledano, 2011) or In the house (François Ozon, 2012) this way they corroborate it.
The history develops on a good script, fruit of the adaptation of the work, a cómic, of Julie Maroh: The blue is a warm color. A detail: the name of the main personage in the graphic novel is Clementine. Its director considered to be opportune to change it into Adèle so that the actress was making it his, getting into the role even in the most minimal detail. The photo is much taken care by bluish tones but paying attention to the natural light. This first kiss, beautiful, to back light, with the sun in the mouth as protagonist. Equal it happens with the sound-track, with a guessed right election of certain topics that add up instead of remaining.
Adèle's life tries to reflect the complex mechanisms that govern the human soul, with the feelings of for way, before different situations in a moment of the life, adolescence, in which almost quite it takes the intact seal and you prepare to open it to see that it provides you. Adèle's life is a carnal desire, it is a passion, it is a happiness, it is a bitterness and it is a pain. Very much pain. The young woman who was going out of house to the beginning of the movie has disappeared after almost three hours of movie. In the end we see as it walks, be quiet below, another quite different Adèle. What it has transformed to him has been the life, the life through that he has lived. It is still equal of alone, the love him is shy, in its gait it got lost, it was and it has turned to lose. But in that one to occur has had a good time, it has loved as never (it is a tremendous knowledge that you never will love again how you have loved) and he has lived entirely through its life: Adèle's life.
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