Romance films

Summer review – powerful romance | Romance movies


THere is a charming moment, just at the start of this romantic drama, where Delphine (Izïa Higelin), a farmer’s daughter, gets off her tractor, grabs a handful of hay and buries her nose in it with appreciation. She later talks enthusiastically about how the soil feels in the south of France compared to the waterlogged Limousin, where she was raised. It’s little character details like these that sharpen the contours of this 1970s love story between Delphine and Parisian teacher and feminist activist Carole (Cécile de France). And it is Delphine’s deep bond with the countryside that ultimately forces her to make an impossible choice, between her love and the land.

Although there is a lack of privacy in your face Blue is the warmest color, there is here a sensuality which is no less convincing. Carole and Delphine enjoy each other’s company. It’s a symbiotic relationship, which combines a sexual awakening for Carole and a political awakening for Delphine. While the vivid storytelling is less sprawling and unpredictable, the film shares something of the keen sense of time and place in Olivier Assayas’ oeuvre. Something in the air. Both films capture those precarious moments in which the balance of a life can change forever on the strength of a fateful choice. The main flaw in the film is the very conventional and melodramatic score, which seems at odds with the rebellious spirit of the characters.