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Blue is the Warmest Color, the gay, romantic drama with the infamous ten-minute sex scene that came seemingly out of nowhere to take the top prize at Cannes this year, is headed to U.S. shores on Oct. 25. The French film brings with it an NC-17 rating and some controversy — the stars and director Abdellatif Kechiche had an uncomfortable exchange during the film’s Los Angeles press day over working conditions — but mostly, it brings with it a tidal wave of good buzz, much of it heaped upon the nuanced and naturalist performance of its two stars, Adele Exarchopoulos and Lea Seydoux.
Now comes the film’s first American trailer, a worldess mini-film set to the longing vocals of French-born Victoria Legrand, lead singer of dream pop duo Beach House. Double-takes, meaningful glances, hands held, kisses stolen, glasses raised, faces slapped — the entire cycle of young love is captured here. (And whatever is left out, well, it’s sure to be in that ten-minute scene.)
It was all enough to earn a designation as “magnificent” from Cannes jury president Steven Spielberg, whose praise for Blue (“We were under the spell of the film and its wonderful actresses…”) is quoted in the trailer.
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