I had high expectations for this film, knowing the film had won the 2013 Palme d’Or at Cannes. The first act does well in its long duration to allow the viewer to understand the characters as they try to understand themselves. Wonderfully acted, Adéle Exarchopoulos lights up the screen with her energy and Léa Seydoux intrigues the viewer as much as she intrigues Adéle (played by Adéle, to keep things simple!).
The second act is mostly when the film comes alive, the couple’s relationship flourishes and they come into themselves as people(this is not a joke about the 6.30 minute sex scene!). An authentic intimacy builds throughout the piece. The actors, as well as the director have to be credited for this. The couple continue, creating their world together as one. The pair’s age gap begins to show more, as well as differing career pursuits.
The inclusion the watcher has throughout the film only adds to the impending heartbreak that finishes and ties up their/our story. Adéle, however, has to pick herself up and carry on – stronger than ever.
Great film, I very much look forward to Abdellatif Kechiche’s next work.