Blue is the Warmest Color has been the subject of controversy ever since it premiered at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. And you can’t even get past the MPAA green-screen intro to its new trailer, with its giant lurking NC-17, to see why: “Explicit Sexual Content.”
The French-language film from Tunisian director Abdellatif Kechiche drew gasps at Cannes for its explicit – and extensive – lesbian sex scenes that capture the passionate romance between a French teen (Adèle Exarchopoulos) and her first same-sex lover (Midnight in Paris’ Léa Seydoux). But it also took home the festival’s top prize and won scores of critical accolades – accolades that are featured prominently in the new trailer. “Magnificent,” reads a rave from Steven Spielberg, the Cannes’ jury president. “We were under the spell of the film and its wonderful actresses.”
Click below for a perfectly chaste teaser of a trailer for the film, accompanied by the Beach House song “Take Care.” Blue opens in the U.S. on Oct. 25.