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Last chance to see ‘Blue Is the Warmest Color’ at AMC

Word came today that "Blue Is the Warmest Color" — the controversial French film playing at AMC River Park Square — is leaving after a single week. That means you have three more days in which to see it.

I'd suggest giving it a shot. Yes, it is a challenging movie, one that is bound to upset any number of viewers. One, it boasts some graphic sex. Two, the sex is almost exclusively woman on woman. Three, the actresses — Lea Seydoux and Adele Exarcholpoulos — have complained about the director's treatment of them during production. Four, it's a nearly three-hour-long movie … in French.

So, yes, I understand the problem. At the same time, "Blue Is the Warmest Color" is a touching, poignant study of a young woman's coming of age. Read this review.

Plus, Seydoux and especially the unknown Exarchopoulos are superb. If graphic sex turns you off, then close you eyes during the eight minutes they do their naked grappling (out of a 179-minute running time).

The director, Tunisian-French filmmaker Abdellatif Kechiche, has made a pretty memorable, remarkable movie. If nothing else, watching it will give you something to (choose your favorite) discuss/argue about/fantasize about/scream at when the theater lights go up.

Isn't that why we go to the movies?