Blue Is the Warmest Colour is a a 2013 French romantic drama film written, produced, and directed by Abdellatif Kechiche. It won the Palme d'Or at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, and became the first film to be awarded the prize to both the director and lead actresses. The film is based on the 2010 French graphic novel Blue Angel by Julie Maroh. Julie Maroh's book won several awards and was published in North America las month in October. As for the film it had its debut in North America at the 2013 Telluride Film Festival.
Initially planned to be shot in two months this film took five starting in March ending in August 2012. Upon its premiere at Cannes, a report from the French Audiovisual and Cinematographic Union criticized the working conditions from which the crew suffered. It was said that the members of the crew felt that the production occurred in"heavy" atmosphere with behavior close to "moral harassment" which unsurprisingly lead to some of the crew quitting. The crew also criticized that they had disrupted working patterns and salaries. The director Abdellatif, was accused of harassment, unpaid overtime, and violations of labour laws. The two main actresses complained about his behavior during the shoot as being horrible.
Even with all that said the film received critical praise. 88% of the critics gave the film a positive review. The critical consensus is: "Raw, honest, powerfully acted, and deliciously intense, Blue is the Warmest Color offers some of modern cinema's most elegantly composed, emotionally absorbing drama".