Blue is the Warmest Colour is not about lesbianism- Hooray!

187d604db7709eef919526c77cd0d6dbIt’s certain to say that I came out of this film confused and slightly dissatisfied, but, on reflection, I realize this is because I expected a certain skeleton of a story that fills my craving for familiarity.  After watching the trailer I was looking forward to watching an emotionally blazing story about the struggles of coming out.

Adele is fixated on Emma for her passion, which seems absent in her school acquaintances and in her first fling with a boy.   I believe Emma misinterprets lust for love.  It skips a few years and shows the couple living together, Adele working as a primary school teacher and Emma as a successful painter. Emma becomes dissatisfied with Adele’s lack of artistic desire and is shocked at her ability to be content with everyday life, which she herself seems to find mundane without her passion for art.

It was refreshing to watch a film about a girl moving into a relationship that did not rely on the fact that it was a lesbian relationship as fuel.  Members of the LGBT community yearn to be treated as equals and to not be defined by whom they sleep with, and this film fulfils this desire by focusing on the relationship rather than using lesbianism as the pivotal plot.

We see the characters as two people, two minds, not as lesbians.

People often focus on gay couple’s struggles with integrating freely as homosexuals rather than on other problems independent of sexuality.  But, this could easily be a film about a heterosexual couple and still give the same message.  I feel like this is a massive step forward.