“Blue” is the Most Argumentative Color

Blue is the Warmest Color

The  in-fighting around “Blue is the Warmest Color”, which comes to Cinecliq later this fall, continues in a very public way. The film may have taken home the Palm d’Or at Cannes this year, and been embraced by critics and audiences, but that moment of glory is becoming an afterthought as the director and cast, and even the crew, trade accusations and insults in the press.

According to IndieWire’s The Playlist, the French magazine Telerama quoted director Abdellatif Kechiche saying, “According to me, the film shouldn’t be released, it has been soiled too much,” and “The Palme d’Or had been a brief moment of happiness; then I’ve felt humiliated, dishonored, I felt rejected, I live it like I’m cursed.” Strong words, given the film’s positive reception.

These statements follow comments from the two lead actresses, Léa Seydoux and Adèle Exarchopoulos who both said that they would not work with Kechiche again. Seydoux went so far as to say that filming the coming-of-age lesbian drama was a “horrible” experience.

Similarly, author Julie Maroh, whose graphic novel was adapted for the film, expressed concern about how the film represented her work, especially its portrayal of same-sex intimacy. Quoted in the New York Times, Maroh said the film was, “a brutal and surgical display, exuberant and cold, of so-called lesbian sex, which turned into porn.”

Even the film’s crew has complained about difficult working conditions, and made allegations about violations of France’s Labor Code.

For a film that so many have praised, it is unfortunate that the off-screen circus is taking all the focus.

A version of this article originally appeared on Cinecliq. Reprinted with kind permission.