Winner of the coveted Palme d’Or at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, Abdellatif Kechiche’s achingly beautiful love story traces the ebb and flow of emotions between two students with very different outlooks on life in the northern French city of Lille.
Adele (Adele Exarchopoulos) is 17-years-old and believes her future lies in teaching. She sleeps with classmate Samir (Salim Kechiouche) but isn’t fully satisfied and when her best friend Valentin (Sandor Funtek) takes her to a gay bar, Adele feels a stirring when she catches the eye of a blue-haired free spirit called Emma (Lea Seydoux), who studies art at a nearby college.
Emma kindles a passionate romance with Adele that turns the teenager’s life upside down.
She is forced to question her sexuality, and with it, her place in the world into which she is struggling to fit.
They move in together and Adele secures work as a kindergarten teacher, but with great passion comes great pain and the two women are at the mercy of their emotions which bind them, but which might also tear them apart.
The film’s languid and occasionally uncomfortable love scenes will thrill some viewers and leave others shaking their heads.