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Lesbian Drama Takes Top Prize at Cannes: VIDEO


Abdellatif Kechiche's romantic, coming-of-age lesbian drama Blue is the Warmest Colour won the Palme D'Or, the top prize at the Cannes Film Festival on Sunday night, the NYT reports:

BlueisFrom the stage, Steven Spielberg, the head of the competition jury, announced that he and the other jurists had decided to formally recognize not only the movie’s director, Abdellatif Kechiche, but also its two young actresses, Adèle Exarchopoulos and Léa Seydoux. This unusual, perhaps unprecedented step acknowledged the contributions of both women, who appear naked in several sex scenes, but it also took some auteur sheen away from Mr. Kechiche, suggesting that the jury had engaged in intense back-room negotiations. For much of the festival the critical favorite had been “Inside Llewyn Davis,” a period story from Joel and Ethan Coen about a New York folk singer trying to make it in 1961. The Coens’ film won the Grand Prix, but they were not in attendance.

Mr. Kechiche, Ms. Exarchopoulos and Ms. Seydoux took the stage together to accept their award — although only one Palme was visible — and exchanged hugs and kisses as the audience cheered and clapped for several long minutes.

Watch a report on the festival winners plus two clips from the film, AFTER THE JUMP...

Two scenes from the winning film:

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  1. If this movie were about 2 men in love and featured them performing extended love scenes, it would never have won the top award at Cannes. Not in a million years. The sad fact is that Cannes is homophobic to the idea of male-male erotica but is highly accepting of female-female erotica.

    Interestingly, there was one movie about two men in love - Stranger At The Lake - but it was relegated to the queer section at Cannes. Why was the movie about two men in love confined to the queer section and not allowed to compete in the main section?

    Posted by: Brian | May 27, 2013 10:00:32 AM

  2. Will someone please engage me in discussion and pay attention to me? I'm running out of male names to use on this site. Please, someone, pay attention to me. I have no life.

    Posted by: Brian | May 27, 2013 10:09:13 AM

  3. LMAO, I was coming here to write: "Jason will loose his sh!t over this in 3, 2, 1...", but I can see that he or one of his friends has me beat. Women being more open to girl-on-girl love scenes, and straight men loving it!? You don't say!!! Lets just be happy for the LGBT visibility. Gay men in general have more mainstream attention than lesbians, so lets let them have stuff like this. Progress is progress.

    Posted by: Chris | May 27, 2013 10:10:10 AM

  4. Chris,

    It isn't progress, sweetheart. It's a phony acceptance based on titillation. Lesbianism appeals to men who call us "fa@@ots". Lesbians in movies have been around for decades. No progress here, son.

    The only time that liberals give awards to movies with two men in love is if the men are camp or tortured, or one of them ends up killing himself.

    Posted by: Brian | May 27, 2013 10:17:50 AM

  5. Although, the only time conservatives tolerate gays is if we hate other gays and cut our own balls off.....

    Posted by: Brian | May 27, 2013 10:26:35 AM

  6. @Brian So you admit that you are really Jason? Your writing style and words is exactly like 'his'. Furthermore, are conservatives rushing to embrace you with open arms? No. So keep telling your self-loathing, conservative, self that because liberals allegedly don't shower gay films with awards, that they must be homophobic. Whatever it takes for you to convince yourself that your family views you as anything other than a f@g.

    Posted by: Chris | May 27, 2013 10:32:33 AM

  7. Très bien.

    Posted by: Matt26 | May 27, 2013 10:34:11 AM

  8. I have to agree with the Brian who said that if this movie had been about two young men, it would not have won Cannes' top prize. The media would have called it controversial and not a coming of age story. When it comes to sex between men, homophobia lives on at Cannes. Vive la homophobia!

    Posted by: Samuel Saad | May 27, 2013 10:49:14 AM

  9. Samuel, any facts to back up those claims? If not, you're just as bad as Jas...I mean "Brian." Sorry, I have trouble keeping all of his aliases straight.

    Posted by: MateoM | May 27, 2013 10:56:37 AM

  10. There's a lot of negative comments about this movie over at Huffington Post, including some by gay men. They point to the same observation that Brian made.

    Posted by: Adam | May 27, 2013 11:00:30 AM

  11. Just got done looking at the big write up at Daily Mail and the "explicit sex scenes" with these two hot French actresses who were photographed hanging on to each other at the festival. You can go look. It's obvious what the push is here, and being in French, your average JimBob can just Fast forward with the sound off to fap.

    Posted by: MIke | May 27, 2013 11:05:13 AM

  12. If Blue IsThe Warmest Color had been about two hot guys, the Cannes jury would have said it's too gay. Only girl-girl is hot. Guy-guy is vomit-inducing, or so says my liberal straight male acquaintance.

    Posted by: Adam | May 27, 2013 11:08:12 AM

  13. @MIke: Yeah, I'm sure that with the endless amounts of instantly accessible girl on girl porn produced for the male gaze around that every straight guy looking to get his nut off is going to go to the trouble of downloading/streaming some independent art film and then spending a bunch of time skipping around for the sex scenes.

    Why are so many of you bitter and resentful about this? Why does a great film being made about lesbians getting recognized upset you? Are you all just misogynistic or genuinely envious of the way lesbian and bisexual women are regrettably fetishized by straight men as if that's actually a positive thing?

    Posted by: JMC | May 27, 2013 11:18:48 AM

  14. JMC, I think the point being made is that there is a homophobic double standard at Cannes. Lesbians are now seen by many gay men as siding with the enemy.

    Posted by: Adam | May 27, 2013 11:26:13 AM

  15. Do you guys know how hard it is for me to jump back and forth using different screen names so I can make it seem as if there's outrage when really it's just me, being insane as usual?

    Posted by: Brian | May 27, 2013 11:29:44 AM

  16. "Lesbians are now seen by many as siding with the enemy."

    Just.. lol. So I guess you're not only misogynostic but also delusional?

    Posted by: JMC | May 27, 2013 11:29:50 AM


    You think two straight actors playing gay characters would be asked to pose like this?

    Posted by: MIke | May 27, 2013 11:31:41 AM

  18. Mike,

    So true. Two straight guys playing gay roles would never be asked to pose like that with their arms all over each other while wearing tiny bits of clothing. It simply confirms my view that the two actresses in this
    movie are simply in this to titillate sleazy straight guys. There is an incredible air of fakeness to their behavior as women.

    Any gay guy who thinks this is good for our community probably thought that I Kissed A Girl by Katy Perry was about gay rights.

    Posted by: Adam | May 27, 2013 12:12:44 PM

  19. Adam and Brian are the same person, you guys. They've both been confirmed to be aliases of our resident troll Rick/Jason. Please don't reply to them.

    Posted by: MateoM | May 27, 2013 12:25:06 PM

  20. "Why are so many of you bitter and resentful about this?"

    The anger is not due to a film about lesbians being recognized; the anger is about the double standard. It is a double standard that has existed for a very, very long time....and it is not just about straight men being titillated by lesbian sex (although that is part of it).

    It is about women, in general, being allowed the emotional and sexual freedom with each other that men, in general, have not been allowed. It is about feminists holding lesbianism up as a laudable ideal at the same time that they have been, at best, lukewarm in their support of gay men....(and will no doubt become hostile if we ever get to the point that men actually become as free with each other emotionally and sexually as women are, because it will threaten their base of power, namely the emotional and sexual dependence of men on women).

    It is about lesbians being accepted into the power establishment while gay men continue to face great resistance to being so accepted (it continues to be the case that unmarried women have an advantage over married women in the corporate world, while the opposite is true for men: married men are routinely given preference over unmarried men).

    It is not hostility to lesbians that is driving the anger; it is the double-standard applied to women vs. men when it comes to homosexuality.

    Posted by: Rick | May 27, 2013 12:26:51 PM

  21. Looking forward to seeing this! And kudos to the Spielberg-headed jury for their choices for the festival's awards.

    And massive blast-laughs at RICK and the other cowardly trolls with no balls once again blaming lesbians for their inability to get laid.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | May 27, 2013 12:29:49 PM

  22. Let me add one thing to that, and that is that a lot of the double standard--not all of it, but a lot of it--can be blamed on gay men, themselves. Lesbians embrace being women and try to find common cause with straight women. Gay men, on the other hand, seem to go out of their way to alienate straight men by embracing the culture of effeminacy rather than embracing masculinity.

    Granted, straight men started the hostility that exists between straight men and gay men, but at this point, I would say that gay men are more responsible for the disconnect than straight men are. Straight men want to be friends with gay men--at least a lot of them do--and you are seeing that in the advocacy role that many of them are starting to embrace when it comes to gay rights--but gay men need to make them halfway by embracing a masculine identity and discarding the culture of effeminacy. Only then will the double standard disappear.

    Posted by: Rick | May 27, 2013 12:31:01 PM

  23. That's funny, Rick, because every straight man in my life, be it friend or family, is in no way "anti-effeminacy."

    in fact, my uber-gay self has posted countless videos and photos of my straight male friends proudly embracing people in the LGBT community, no matter how "femme" a closeted wimp may deem them to be.

    so my truth sorta proves your lie wrong. maybe this is the day you put a face to your claims and show us just how you and your straight male friends embrace each other? is it? is today the day?

    no? it's not. didn't think so.

    stop blaming the effeminate me your dad taught you to hate for your own inability to be Out.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | May 27, 2013 12:39:38 PM

  24. Wow, I think it's quite an honor that Rick/Jason swiped my name for one of their aliases. I think Rick's Brian popped up after I called him out on his stupid statement that all gay bashing attacks are done by one attacker only, and the victims are all effeminate. Rather than reply, he became Brian and started yet another alias to add to the Rick/Jason/Adam menagerie. Good luck with that.

    Posted by: Brian1 | May 27, 2013 12:52:36 PM

  25. Rick, much of your obvious self loathing would be alleviated if you just examined the veracity of the claims from those who regularly insist you're a misogynist. Sexism is very closely linked to homophobia and we will never be fully accepted until misogyny and archaic gender roles in general are eliminated. I don't know how old you are, but unless you're a particularly bitter high schooler you're way too old to be reasonably pandering to straight men and contributing to your own oppression.

    Posted by: JMC | May 27, 2013 12:54:40 PM

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