This sprawling, nearly three-hour look at the romantic relationship between two young Frenchwomen (Léa Seydoux and Adèle Exarchopoulos) was all the rage at Cannes this year, where it won the Palme d’Or amid love-it-or-hate-it chatter about its explicit sex scenes. Breaking with tradition, the prize was given to the actresses as well as to the director, which Seydoux says was only fair: ”The shoot was a nightmare. We shot almost six months, and we never knew what we were doing the next day. So it was a kind of justice that we got the Palme, in a way.”
You Know Who’s Cool? Adèle Exarchopoulos
Why She Looks Familiar She probably doesn’t — Blue Is the Warmest Color is the French actress’ breakthrough role.
The Warmest Reception At 19, she’s drawing a-star-is-born raves from no less than Cannes jury president Steven Spielberg for her role as a lesbian teen in Blue. ”He said he was sure the film would have great success in America,” says costar Léa Seydoux.
Up Next She just signed with mega-agency CAA — so her Hollywood debut might already be in the works.