The trailer for the French drama Blue is the Warmest Color was released today after winning the Palme d’Or prize at the 2013 Cannes Festival. The Abdellatif Kechiche-directed film chronicles the love affair of a young lesbian couple. French actress Adèle Exarchopoulos plays Adèle, an impressionable high school student who falls for the older and more mature Emma, played by Léa Seydoux (Midnight in Paris). While the trailer doesn’t give away too much, it does feature the two girls in some intensely passionate scenes that show how overwhelming first love can be. Since the film is in French, the trailer doesn’t have any dialogue, but it doesn’t need it. The wonderful acting and compelling storyline is enough to engross audiences.
Judging from the trailer, it is understanable why the film is garnering so much buzz. This looks to be a fresh look at young love. But while the film has been receiving critical acclaim, it has been given an NC-17 rating. While this is typically a death sentence for American movies, the French film is receiving so much great feedback that it will be released in U.S. theaters on Oct. 25. Blue Angel, the French graphic novel which the film is based on, will also be released in the U.S. in October.