Blue Is the Warmest Color is more than a graphic 10-minute sex scene between its two heroines. The three-hour French coming-of-age drama and Palme d’Or winner explores the origins and eventual dissolution of a romantic and emotional relationship between the teenage Adèle (Adèle Exarchopoulos) and the 20-something Emma (Léa Seydoux).
Still, we can’t stop talking about that scene. After it premiered at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year, praise and critiques poured in and continued when the film finally hit theaters this fall. EW’s film critic Owen Gleiberman discusses the varying responses at length here.
Posture magazine, a small arts publication for the LGBT crowd, decided to actually show the scene to a group of gay women and talk to them about it. The responses are varied, but none believe that the extended scene represents either an ideal or a reality. One of the recurring criticisms is how outmoded Léa Seydoux’s Emma looks with that blue hair. Also, according to one of the women in the video, something that they do “has never happened once in the course of human history.” Can you guess what that might be?
Don’t worry (or get excited, depending): The movie might be rated NC-17, but this video is safe for work. There’s just some heavy breathing and moaning and some fairly explicit discourse about lesbian sex, so you might want to put on some headphones.