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October 25, 2013 10:49 AM
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Adèle Exarchopoulos Addresses the 'Blue is the Warmest Color' Controversy and the Film's Sex Scenes

Were your parents at all wary about you making the film?

You read the comics and they're explicit. It tells such a good and beautiful story, so no. They are so respectful or me and took their distance. It's just cinema to them. I think cinema is the art of reality.

On top of all the adulation the film's received, a lot of attention has been paid to the nudity. Has the reaction surprised you?

Yeah, but I understand it. American audiences aren't used to it. It's a choice by the director. We all have sex, it's like a drug, everyone loves it. We had to show how making love to someone is visceral. We had to convey how much of yourself you give over. So we chose to show to everyone the emotion behind the discovering of one's sexuality.

We are adults, so come on. It's fiction, it's cinema. I don't get the big deal.

How did you and Léa work together in the lead up to the sex scenes?

We have really different ways of working. For the sex scene is was really a question of trust. We were allies on this movie. So I helped her, and she helped me. It was pretty natural really. We just trusted ourselves. I was terrified of the breakup scene. Abdellatif pushed us all the time to do our best and not 'act.' He was really there for us.

What was the most challenging scene?

Every scene was challenging. I mean for me it's difficult to take a phone call and be natural. It's more complicated than giving yourself. But yes, every scene was so challenging.

Adele Exarchopoulos and Lea Seydoux in "Blue Is the Warmest Color"

How long did it take you to recover when done the shoot? Did you even feel the need to recover?

I went to Thailand for a week with my boyfriend. It really helped. I just cut everything out.

I have to ask: Everyone's talking about The Daily Best interview. Is there anything you want to clarify about what was said?

I just think it's too bad that people are talking about this, even if we provoked it. It was naive.

On whose part?

On me and Léa. We were saying true anecdotes, but they put all the negative things in the interview. I think every genius is tortured. Sometimes it's hard to do justice to these people.

My father called me after the interview went live going, "What? There's scandal?" We learned so much making this movie. Of course you can't express yourself properly when talking about the huge human adventure we went on, making this movie. The three of us were always together searching, working. It's only normal that there was some conflict. I chose to make the movie the way we did, and I loved it. It's hard for me to talk about this, not because there are secrets I'm trying to hide, but because it was so intense.

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  • DAZ | October 27, 2013 1:17 AMReply

    Does indiewire have anything else to comment on but the fake controversy of this film. Come on guys, there is got to be some good Indies coming up/out.

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  • KG | October 26, 2013 11:15 AMReply

    The character of Adele is actually around 17 when the relationship with Emma begins. As the poster above said, if you can't stand nudity and object on the ground of your morals, don't watch the film. All I will say is that you're missing out on a beautiful movie.

  • BRAZILIANMOVIES | October 25, 2013 11:28 AMReply

    It would be horrible that Academy recognize a film that promotes the pedophilia. We don't must be hypocrites, this is a film with a 15 year girl and a 20 year girl, that is pedophilia!!!

  • Helene | November 8, 2013 11:06 AM

    On the bus scene adele says she's doing the last year in school so her is to be 17-18.. and that's certainly a normal age so you are wrong on that. Pedophilia has absolutely nothing to do with the movie.So, if ypu didn't like it, please find another reason

  • Ahsoka23 | October 27, 2013 9:55 AM

    You are wrong on so many levels. I don't think you know what pedophilia really is.

  • BRAZILIANMOVIES | October 25, 2013 4:02 PM

    Adele has 18 years but in the film her role has 15 and love interest 20 and that is pedophilia. That is unethical relationship and art work, actually this blue is...not art.

  • Bill | October 25, 2013 3:01 PM

    Umm have you heard of a little movie called "American Beauty"? That won best picture, as well as Best Actor! That could have be seen as pedophilia.

  • Jinny | October 25, 2013 2:52 PM

    Adele Exarchopoulos was 18 at the time of filming. Please do your research before making ridiculous false statements.

  • temporarilyinsane | October 25, 2013 2:07 PM

    lol, this is art. There might be questions around 15 year old being shown sexually, but it is hardly pedophilia. Lolita was 12 in the novel! Now that was pedophilia. If it goes against your morals, don't see it. I don't think a French movie with subtitles is going to be shown in your local high-school Sex Ed class anytime soon.