Lesbian author Julie Maroh, who wrote the graphic novel “Blue is the Warmest Color,” has bashed the awarding winning film based on her novel in a blog post.
Maroh went has compared the lesbian sex scene to porn and went so far as to call the scenes “ridiculous.”
The adaptation was directed by French film director Abdellatif Kechiche and was highly praised at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, winning the most coveted award of Cannes, the Palme d’Or.
Maroh wrote her blog from a personal stance, beginning her criticism with the character choices for the film. “I don’t know the sources of information for the director and the actresses (who are all straight, unless proven otherwise) and I was never consulted upstream… Maybe there was someone there to awkwardly imitate the possible positions with their hands, and/or to show them some porn of so-called ‘lesbians’ (unfortunately it’s hardly ever actually for a lesbian audience).
“Because – except for a few passages – this is all that it brings to my mind: a brutal and surgical display, exuberant and cold, of so-called lesbian sex, which turned into porn, and [made]me feel very ill at ease. Especially when, in the middle of a movie theatre, everyone was giggling.”
It seemed as if she were criticizing the actors rather than the director’s point of view, as she complained, “The heteronormative laughed because they don’t understand it and find the scene ridiculous. The gay and queer people laughed because it’s not convincing, and [they]found it ridiculous. And among the only people we didn’t hear giggling were the potential guys [sic]too busy feasting their eyes on an incarnation of their fantasies on screen.”
Maroh finished her blog post with, “As a feminist and lesbian spectator, I cannot endorse the direction Kechiche took on these matters… I’m also looking forward to what other women will think about it. This is simply my personal stance.”
Despite Maroh’s complaints, the film has received many positive reviews from notable publications. The Hollywood Reporter immediately coined the film as “a passionate, poignantly handled love story which, despite an unhinged 3-hour running time, is held together by phenomenal turns from Lea Seydoux and newcomer Adele Exarchopoulos, in what is clearly a breakout performance,” and the Guardian hailed it as “a landmark in cinematic depictions of lesbian love and female sexuality.”
“Blue is the Warmest Color” centers around a 15-year-old student, Adele, who finds herself attracted to, and then in love with, a blue-haired-woman, Emma; the film chronicles their journey together.