It took me far too long to see Blue is the Warmest Color but like many others, once I did I was blown away by the raw honesty displayed in the performances of the film’s two leads Lea Seydoux and Adele Exarchopoulos. Just to get it out of the way, I will say that the film’s lengthy, explicit notoriously unsimulated sex scenes are both extremely erotic and necessary in revealing the intensity of this relationship. Perhaps more could have been left to the imagination but seeing these two literally devour each other in bed makes you understand immediately how deep their connection runs. There really is no narrative substitute. Blue is also one of the most natural and realistic portrayals of young love, of any gender combination, that I can remember. It runs the full scale from intrigue to excitement, from ecstasy to boredom, from confusion to pain. It’s a unique piece of work, and even knowing the actresses’ complaints about the questionable methods taken to get this material, it’s a film I expect will be replayed and relevant for many years to come.