Blue Is The Warmest Colour’s stars pledge to never work with director again

Blue is the Warmest Color

Despite receiving unanimous praise for their performances in the Palme d’Or winning Blue Is the Warmest Colour, stars Adèle Exarchopoulos and Lea Seydoux have pledged to never work with director Abdellatif Kechiche ever again.

Speaking to The Daily Beast, the actors described the shoot as “horrible,” and Kechiche’s tactics as being potentially illegal, citing lengthy work hours and demands that they use real violence upon one another.

“With the fight scene… She was hitting me so many times, and [Kechiche] was screaming, “Hit her! Hit her again!” Exarchopoulos said.

The French film union Spiac-CGT recently complained of the production’s many violations of the Labor Code.

Detailing a young woman’s sexual awakening, Blue set tongues wagging on the Croisette with its lengthy, graphic sex scene between Exarchopoulos and Seydoux.

Though the film eventually earned Cannes’ top prize, Exarchopoulos and Seydoux can’t shake their discomfort with the power exerted by Kechiche.

“He warned us that we had to trust him—blind trust—and give a lot of ourselves… But once we were on the shoot, I realized that he really wanted us to give him everything,” Exarchopoulos said.

“Most people don’t even dare to ask the things that he did, and they’re more respectful—you get reassured during sex scenes, and they’re choreographed, which desexualizes the act.”

Blue Is The Warmest Colour will be distributed locally by Transmission in 2014.

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