It's a first. We've had Palme D'Or winners based on books, on plays, myths and original screenplays, but we've never had one based on a comic book before. When something has only happened once it's a rarity, perhaps a curio, maybe even a ghetto-of-one, but at the same time, there has to be a first time for everything, as my Mum used to say.
The comic book original here is Julie Maroh's Le Bleu est Une Couleur Chaude, published in 2010 and set to hit America later this year as Blue Angel, though I wouldn't be surprised to see that title step back in line with the prize winning film now. It's a romance, between Clementine and Emma, or in Abdellatif Kechiche's film, Adele and Emma, who are played by Adèle Exarchopoulos and Léa Seydoux.
A significant proportion of the film's three hour running time is taken up with very intimate, and reputedly explicit sex scenes between the couple. Much of the discussion I've read has been taken up with chatter about these sequences, though thankfully, some words have been spared for putting the sex into context.
Our very own Craig Skinner seemed to really like the film, and I'll be grilling him for details when he gets back from Cannes tomorrow. I don't think any review has really told me quite why this film is so special just yet, but I reckon Craig will be able to do so.
BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOUR (A) Extraordinary, intimate journey of a girl's 1st relationship & everything about it & before & after. Wow.
— Craig Skinner (@CSkinner) May 24, 2013
Here's a couple of clips:
Anyhow, there you go, a film based on a comic book has won the Palme D'or. I'm sure it'll be easy to read too much into this, and at the same time, I'm sure a lot bores are going to try and tell us how it's not "just" a comic book film. Yawn.
I couldn't care less if a film is based on a comic book, a stage play, a novel, a cheese dream or something the screenwriter overheard on a bus, but if "A Film Based On A Comic Book Just Won The Palme D'Or At Cannes" could do anything for us, maybe it will convince a wider range of folk to watch the film, or maybe even further underline how varied the stories told in comic books actually are.