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LIFF27 – Day 5: Circles, Blue is the Warmest Colour

My favourite day of this year’s festival so far…

Circles (2013)

IMDb entry for Circles


The Blurb

“Five people are affected by a tragic heroic act. 12 years later, each of them will have to confront the past, through their own crisis. Will they overcome the guilt, frustration, urge for revenge? Will they do the right thing, at all costs?”

My Thoughts
This film begins in Serbia in 1993 during the war but most of the story is told from the current day as we follow some key characters involved in a tragic event. I liked the fact that we were kept waiting for the true 1993 events until the close of the film as it added an extra layer of never quite knowing. This is not a fast paced film by any means but the dialogue and day-to-day activities portrayed give us a window into the effects on characters of what has happened in the past. This is a story about tragedy, family history, loyalty and forgiveness and it plays out beautifully. I left the screening not quite knowing how to rate it but as the day has gone on this film has haunted my thoughts and the more I reflect, the more I like it. No laughs here but a simmering narrative that will grip you emotionally.

Rating Out of Ten


Blue is the Warmest Colour (2013)

IMDb entry for Blue is The Warmest Colour


The Blurb

“Adele’s life is changed when she meets Emma, a young woman with blue hair, who will allow her to discover desire, to assert herself as a woman and as an adult. In front of others, Adele grows, seeks herself, loses herself, finds herself.”

My Thoughts

A longer film at 3 hours but one of those where the time seems to go much faster. A tale of discovering sexuality, passion, love, loss, loneliness and, well, life in general; this film had me hooked from the outset. The acting from the two lead characters is sublime and the direction effectively conveys the passion between the two characters. Some might object to the lengthy and strong sex scenes but I think they were justified in making the audience invest in and believe in the relationship and the ensuing rollercoaster ride emotionally. There’s excellent use of colour here and powerful use of close-ups. An intense film. I adored it. A must see.

Rating Out of Ten


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