Abdellatif Kechiche's latest film, La vie d'Adele a.k.a Blue is the Warmest Color, which won the prestigious Palme d'Or Award at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year, has earned an NC-17 rating from the MPAA. Sundance Selects/IFC Films will release the film in theaters across the United States on October 25th.
"We refuse to compromise Kechiche's vision by trimming the film for an R rating, and we have every confidence that Blue is the Warmest Color will play in theaters around the country regardless. An NC-17 rating no longer holds the stigma it once did… We believe this film will leave a lasting imprint as the Last Tango In Paris for a whole new generation," said Jonathan Sehring, president of Sundance Selects/IFC Films.
Note: In the United Kingdom, Artificial Eye/Curzon Film World will distribute the film. In France, Wild Side Video have already set a release date for their Blu-ray release of the film. See our listing here.
Someone previously suggested Sundance Selects would have no problem with an NC-17 rating, and if the buzz from Cannes was correct any other rating would dilute the film (and probably harm its box-office and even home video numbers here). Not exactly my cup of tea, but it doesn't deserve censorship either; this is NOT your typical NC-17 film.
I used to avoid NC-17 films, mostly thanks to Showgirls, but because of Shame and Blue Valentine(appealed to get R rating), I'm much more open-minded. I was planning to check this out, I'm just glad I'm not scared away by ratings anymore.
Silly the stigma NC-17's have and the length distributors go to avoid them. Having a proper adult rating for adults to see which includes decent films should be perfectly reasonable. Anyway, looking forward to seeing this, not surprised in the slightest that it ended up with an NC-17 based on many reviews' discussion of the epic-length lesbian sex scene.
@jwerk NC-17 just implies that it went beyond the MPAA's tastes in sexual content, which is fairly easy to do. In comparison, the amount of violence you need to achieve NC-17 is ridiculous. Many great films got NC-17 ratings (Lust, Caution) or fought vigorously to get fair treatment for scenes that got R-ratings in other films (see the story of Boy's Don't Cry in the documentary This Film Is Not Yet Rated). There's little reason to be turned off by that rating, IMO.
If it's distributed by IFC Films, then that would mean this would also get a VOD release. Good for me if I'm unable to see it in theaters. I am curious about this movie, and I even reserved the book this movie's based on just to peak my curiosity even further.
Not necessarily Herry. They don't do that with all of their movies. Last summer's Your Sister's Sister wasn't, nor was this summer's Frances Ha. It does not sound like they plan on releasing this on VOD right away but possibly later in its release.
I've never had issues seeing films that are rated NC-17 or are unrated but clearly for adults only. Shame; Lust, Caution; The Dreamers; Mysterious Skin; Happiness... I saw them all in theaters. Plus I've seen on video other films like Last Tango in Paris; I Want Your Love; Raging Sun, Raging Sky and From Beginning to End.
The MPAA tends to be quite prudish when it comes to nudity and sex, even when depicted in ways that are relatively timid or not erotic. And the association is doubly-so when they see partners of the same sex engaged in the act. A film that contains single extended sex scene or a nude shot that is too close or held too long will automatically be slapped with an NC-17.
Whereas another movie filled with sustained graphic and gory violence will be hard pressed to earn anything stronger than an R. So, the message seems to be that the sight of violence is less repellant than that of the human body — especially when that body is commingles with another...and moreso when the other body happens to be of the same sex. How unfortunate.
In any case I look forward to seeing Blue Is the Warmest Color in theaters. Kechiche has a fine reputation, especially for his Secret of the Grain. So, this looks promising.
BluPix - "movie filled with sustained graphic and gory violence will be hard pressed to earn anything stronger than an R"
Tell that to Paul Verhoeven.
Fact is that it's the sexual stuff that gets the most attention when ratings arbitration comes into play. But very often films with graphic violence are severely toned down to get the "R" rating too.
I have no problem with NC-17 and the film industry shouldn't have a problem with NC-17. It's the distributers that have a problem with it, and that is what needs to be changed. We truly need an "adults only" category (that does not mean pornographic) and I think more filmmakers would embrace it if there wasn't a stigma attached by third parties outside the system.
Yeah, and in the UK we have 15 and 18 ratings - most R-ratings = 15, but some = 18. And that's fine, there's no stigma attached to them at all. But distributers do sometimes try and tone them down from 15 to 12A to widen the audience and then release an 'uncut' version on BD (like Hunger Games or Woman in Black)