Winner of the Palme d’Or at Cannes (with the award explicitly and rightly split among director Abdellatif Kechiche and his two amazing lead actors) and subject of fiery post-Cannes hubbub (with director and actors feuding publicly over the film’s sexual and emotional explicitness), Blue Is the Warmest Color is a “first love” love story packed with so much life that the few iffy aesthetic choices become secondary concerns. Central to everything: the astonishing lead performance of Adèle Exarchopoulos, who opens herself to Kechiche’s point-blank camera fearlessly, from the first frame. (Harvard Exit, 807 E Roy St, see Movie Times for showtimes)

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