Comparing Julie Maroh’s comic book to Abdellatif Kechiche’s film.
At this point, five months after the world premiere of “Blue Is the Warmest Color” at the Cannes Film Festival, I would hazard a guess that Julie Maroh and Abdellatif Kechiche do not like each other very much. The former, author of the original graphic novel, has made her criticism of the film adaptation quite clear. Kechiche, meanwhile, has hardly felt the need to defend his directing choices. He shouldn’t, of course. No filmmaker is obligated to replicate the exact character of the work they’re adapting. Daring adaptations are often the best. It would just be nice if he took women in general, and queer women in particular, a little more seriously.