The element of graphically explicit sexual content has been the most talked about part of the movie BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOR. If anyone is wondering just how explicit, etc., or if the movie is appropriate for high school students, here are my thoughts:
There is graphic sex in the movie. You see breasts and butts and hints of vagina but it’s not more graphic than some other (heterosexual) sex scenes I have seen in other movies (in my opinion). There is a female masturbation scene. You kind of see a penis in the one heterosexual sex scene. There is a nude painting scene. The sex is more realistic and less pornographic than most Hollywood sex. I think the realism is a positive thing as young people today see plenty of fake sex in the media which is not very healthy. (Note: they are not ACTUALLY having sex, it’s a movie and it’s all acted. It’s not porn.)
The movie is about a young woman coming of age, discovering herself emotionally, culturally, and sexually. The story begins when she is in high school and continues in her post-college life as a teacher. Much of the movie focuses on her first love, which is a relationship with a woman. The movie honestly and beautifully explores love (both the emotional and sexual journeys of first love), jealousy, regret, loneliness, loss and identity. Sex is part of that, and I feel the scenes are necessary to the story as sex is part of life, and everyone has their own sexually journey which is linked with self-discovery and relationships.
On another note, there is NO VIOLENCE of any kind. There’s not even really any swearing. Just sex and nudity. To reiterate, these are my opinions– parents should use their own judgement regarding their teenagers.