Girls on Film: Blue Is the Warmest Color is a sexed-up failure

The Palme d'Or winner takes an emotional graphic novel about a lesbian relationship and turns it into yet another sexualized, voyeuristic lesbian love story

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TORONTO, CANADA — Some things are inevitable: Death, taxes, and the buzz that erupts when a movie features graphic sex scenes.

In May, Abdellatif Kechiche's Blue Is the Warmest Color took the Cannes Film Festival by storm, scoring mass praise, earning the Palme d'Or, and becoming the latest in a long line of films boasting new heights of sexual audacity. The buzzy French film is now hitting North American festivals — first Telluride, and now the Toronto International Film Festival — in advance of its U.S. release on October 25 (which comes complete with NC-17 rating).

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