If you want to know what all those hip festival-goers have been fussing on about so much lately, check out this first trailer for Abdel Kechiche's "Blue is the Warmest Color," this year's winner of that illustrious Palme d'Or prize at Cannes.
For an NC-17 film, the trailer is a rather squeaky clean sampling of the thing because while the international version featured some partial nudity, this one barely even lingers on the girl-on-girl make-out sesh. Nevertheless, the adults-only rating will remain intact as Sundance Selects distributes this baby to the domestic crowd this fall.
The company prez, Jonathan Sehring, said they "refuse to compromise Kechiche's vision by trimming the film for an R rating," so a mini-hooray for non-censorship is most certainly in order.
Anyhow, in case it wasn't altogether obvious from the teaser — which is totally understandable because it is all in French — "Blue is the Warmest Color" is a film about a young lady (Adèle Exarchopoulos) who falls for an older, more experienced woman (Léa Seydoux), runs of the gamut of relationship highs and lows with her and has lots of super-graphic naked time along the way.
As this trailer notes, Steven Spielberg, who headed this year's Cannes jury, called the film "magnificent" and added "we were under the spell of the film and its wonderful actresses." While it's, um, a bit out of his usual genre scope, it doesn't hurt the film's chances in the U.S. of A. to have such a familiar name on the boast roster.
"Blue is the Warmest Color," which runs just shy of 3 hours, hits domestic theaters on Oct. 25.