I spent three hours watching Abdellatif Kechiche‘s Blue Is The Warmest Color (11:30 to 2:30) and then I ran right into the Jerry Lewis press conference and I’ve been diddling around in the Orange press cafe since so I haven’t had time to post anything. And I have to leave for a 5:30 screening in about 15 minutes or so. It’s an involving, very intimate, emotionally readable film about a lesbian love affair…but just one about a love affair, really. People tumble, they’re entranced, they dig into their lives, complications develop and differences occur.

The titular performance by Adele Exarchopoulos (five syllables?) is totally mesmerizing, fascinating and wide open, and Lea Seydoux as her somewhat older artist lover delivers her usual charm and connectivity. This is a solid movie about two women living and striving and feeling what they feel and looking for fulfillment on the planet earth. I believed every scene…every second of it. It hits home, touches bottom, gets through.

I just don’t get the ecstatic hossannahs. It’s a very good film but not a great one…c’mon.