The film is brilliant, however some sex scenes are just awkward.. heads up don't watch with the parents :)
The 3h sit was a long one. Even though it wasn't the movie I was expecting it did not feel like a waste of time at all.
Even with a 3h film, there are still questions left to be answered. The movies maintains a slow pace overall, but fast forwards a few times to not make the movie too boring. This results in some characters getting rushed out of the story, and some not having much impact. The ending is implied as well, but I am very happy with it and wouldn't suggest changing it. It is most of all a coming of age story with some slice-of-life elements, and it is way too easy to fall for the clichés hiding in those genres. And they hardly did.
They could've sacrificed some unnecessary (long) scenes, but I doubt it would be the same film without them. It gives the movie a unique pace in which you don't really want them to hury up with the story, and just 'live in the now' with Adele (not particularly refering to the sex scenes.)
Besides the long and graphic sex scenes, which this movie will probably and sadly be most rememberd for, there are a multitude of shots and transitions that really hit me. The acting is of a very high quality too. They even threw in a lot of philosophy but were smart to make the main character not care for it (or understand it.) This prevents a pretentiousness without losing such material.
After all a very intriguing movie.
Extraordinaria y real. Adèle súper expresiva.
La escena de la cafetería es para morirse.
Perfect. It is an universal story for the youth who spends chapter 1 and 2 in their lives.
I loved almost everything about this movie.
It does't tell a particularly interesting or original story, but the way it's told and how it makes one feel part of it is fantastic. Adèle's extreme close-ups make the feeling of not fitting in palpable. She's always looking the other way, thinking about something else, but also smiling and trying to make a good impression. Anyone who feels uncomfortable among a group of strangers immediately can relate. It's the claustrophobic sense that one's own inner world is more important than what's going on outside.
That same introversion characterises the way that Adèle handles her problems; always hiding them from the outside eye and with difficulty opening up to others. Here is maybe my one complain. At the beginning of the film, it's shown that Adèle has a very healthy relationship with her friend Valentin. He understands her problems and conflicts and she's willing to share them with him. So why does he completely disappear in the second part of the movie, specially when she's in most need of support? She feels lonely, rejected and alienated from her partner and channels that frustration with an affair with her coworker instead of talking to her loved ones. I think that's a strange and problematic omission.
But apart from that, it's amazing how this film shows the emotions that run trough Adèle. Besides the aforementioned introversion, the same extreme close-ups are used to perfectly capture the lover's gaze. The way one looks closely and attentively to every detail of the other person's skin, lips and eyes. Either the nervous look before a first kiss or the relaxing blissfulness after making love. It's really perfect.
The same can be said about the frustration and extreme sadness after the breakup. Adèle moves on with her life, but it's filled with this consistent and permanent sub-surface pain that feels with full force when she's alone.
This a movie I won't forget and I'll probably watch multiple times in the future.