I've seen Blue is the Warmest Color
several times on the Criterion Blu (the first time was in 2014), and am extremely impressed by the film - it's definitely one of the most remarkable foreign movies I've seen, and also one of the best coming of age films of all time. Even though it was three hours long, it never dragged or felt forced. Truly superb.
Re: being able to relate to the characters: As a straight guy who has absolutely no problem with seeing two women together (and I'm sure I'm not unusual in that sense), I still wasn't sure I could really identify/relate to the film prior to seeing it - i.e., I knew I would like the love scenes, etc.
...however, I wasn't sure if the relationship aspect would be that interesting to me.
Well, I needn't have worried because I found the entire movie quite compelling - especially the relationship aspect, which was the focal point of the entire film. I liked how you really saw the progression with Adele first noticing Emma in the park?! in the beginning, to the early beginnings of the relationship, to their eventual moving in together, etc.
-The importance & use of food in the film - being a foodie myself, I found this interesting: In the first part of the film when Adele is in school and living @ home, she eats very standard food like spaghetti & salad. After she meets & then starts seeing Emma, she seems to experiment more with eating shell-fish/seafood & other more exotic foods - that she didn't have much interest in previously. Food seems to have some kind of erotic connection here, or maybe I'm reading too much into this.
-I see Adele as having mixed feelings re: her relationship with Emma. Sure, she gets very upset & emotional when Emma kicks her out during that key scene (which is quite hard to watch), but she kind of brought this on herself by having an affair with her fellow teacher. Plus, as Adele mentions to Emma, no one at her school knows she's living with Emma - I guess I understand this, considering this could be an issue re: her being a teacher of children. Also, I got the strong impression that Adele's parents didn't know she was living with Emma either.
- Going along with the above, during the house party scene when Emma had all of her friends over, I saw Adele as being somewhat relegated to the "housewife" role - i.e. cooking, serving, etc. while Emma schmoozes with her arty friends. I do understand that Emma was supportive of Adele's writing & did try to encourage her (per the conversation they had after that party), but you get the impression that Adele feels something is missing from the relationship.
-"Aging" Adele from her late teens to her more mature early-mid 20's was brilliant; no aging make-up was used, but the character had a different hair style, glasses, and attitude during the later scenes when she was a teacher vs. the earlier scenes when she was still in school.
-I like the use of the color Blue
in the film. Though the obvious use of the color is related to Emma's dyed hair when she first meets Adele, I did also notice: a light blue blanket on Adele & Emma's bed, as well as the darker blue dress that Adele wore when she attended Emma's art showing