Blue is the Warmest Colour, an adaptation of a 2010 graphic novel Le Bleu est une couleur chaude ("Blue is a hot color") by Julie Maroh won Palme d’Or at the 66th annual Cannes Film Festival this weekend in France. Colour is a story about a sexually confused 15 year-old who falls in love with a mid-to-late twenty something. Colour has received mostly phenomenal reviews from critics, as well as some heat for its explicit sex scenes.
Explicit sex scenes between a 15 year old and a grown adult.
Jury President Steven Spielberg, Jury President, says the French film left him "absolutely spellbound"
The big news here is that this is the first time that a comic book adaptation has taken home the top prize at Cannes (Marjane Satrapi's Persepolis won the Jury Prize in 2007.) Just so happens that the comic is all about an adult/child love affair.
American comic book fans, well regarded for their arrested development, won’t have to wait too long to get their hands on Le Bleu est une couleur chaude as it is scheduled for US release later this year. The film, Blue is the Warmest Colour, will probably be illegal in your state, so don’t worry too much about it.
Oh, wait, the 15 year old and grown-ass-adult are both lesbians, never mind then, nothing to worry about. If Blue is the Warmest Colour were about a 30 year old man seducing a 15 year old boy (or a 15 year old girl) it would be different, but since its chicks, let’s go ahead and give them a trophy and money. Look how enlightened we all are!
We reached out to Comixology Europe president Pepe Le Pew for more information on this story.
"Fifteen is ze age of consent in France," Le Pew assured us. "So you see, it is not creepy. It's perfectly legal for a 27-year-old to seduce a 15-year-old in France."
We just stared at him.
"What?!" asked the incredulous skunk.