The director of Blue is the Warmest Color doesn’t want the film to be released
It seems nothing can go right for this amazing film. Shortly after ‘Blue is the Warmest Color’ won the Palme d’Or at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, the crystal facade that was displayed at the event began to shatter.
The film first began to draw controversy because of the graphic sex scenes between the two stars (Lea Seydoux and Adele Exarchopoulos). I say graphic not as a negative, but as a fact, that they are more detailed than other films may have released and are were shot in an almost improved manner, instead of delicately choreographing the scenes like most films. As for the sex scene, it may be 10-minutes but it somehow took 10 days to shoot. Later in the film the fight scene was not fake, Kechiche did not simulate blows and had them hit each other, several times. “You can see that we were really suffering,” said Exarchopoulos to the Daily Beast website at the Telluride festival. She added, “With the fight scene, it was horrible. She was hitting me so many times, and [Kechiche] was screaming: ‘Hit her! Hit her again!'”
Seydoux also stated, “In America, we’d all be in jail. [Kechiche] shot with three cameras, so the fight scene was a one-hour continuous take. And during the shooting, I had to push her out of a glass door and scream, ‘Now go away!’ and [Adèle] slapped the door and cut herself and was bleeding everywhere and crying with her nose running, and then after, [Kechiche] said, ‘No, we’re not finished. We’re doing it again.'”
Shortly after the film’s win, talk about the excruciating working conditions, and lengthy hours that director Abdellatif Kechiche put the actors through made them state that they would no longer work with the director again on a project. That wasn’t the end of the controversy, despite winning the top prize at Cannes, the sexual nature of the film has it releasing with an NC-17 rating, something that we talked about in the past on this site, and how it will be a death sentence to the film’s credibility because the rating would mean that most theaters will refuse to carry it, and many people in America look at the rating as pornagraphy. It also doesn’t help that the original author of the book also panned the movie as porn.
Now after all the off-screen drama, the ratings, the interviews from the cast and the problems with releasing the film, the director held a new interview. In that piece the director admitted to a “brief moment of happiness,” after his win but said the film should not be released in theaters. “I think this film should not go out, it was too dirty,” Kechiche tells Telerama. This answer was also in response to the on-set allegations that he was abusive about filming the scenes. Now after his win the director says he, “felt humiliated, disgraced,” he added, “I felt a rejection of me, I live like a curse.”
Seydoux has stated in the past, “I have given a year of my life to this film. I had no life during this shoot. I gave everything. I have not criticized the director. … It was my dream to work with him because, in France, he is one of the best directors,” though controversy remains about the conditions on set. The general public will see Blue Is the Warmest Color when it is released in its original state (NC-17 rating) on Oct. 25.