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Lesbian-themed Palme d'Or winner too Blue for Singapore, rated R21 and has eight minutes slashed

Published on Mar 12, 2014 3:53 PM
 
The two main actresses in the Cannes Palme d'Or award-winning French film Blue Is The Warmest Color, Lea Seydoux (left) and Adele Exarchopoulos, pose for photographs after receiving Palme d'Or award trophies on Feb 4, 2014, in Paris. The film has been rated R21 with the consumer advice of homosexual content, with eight minutes cut. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

The 2013 Palme d'Or winner Blue Is The Warmest Color has been found to be a couple of shades too blue for Singapore.

It is rated R21 with the consumer advice of homosexual content, with eight minutes cut. The movie is slated for release in cinemas here on May 1.

The French drama by writer-director Abdellatif Kechiche centres on the relationship between teenager Adele and older art student Emma. The prestigious Palme d'Or was awarded to the director and, for the first time in the festival's history, also to the lead actresses, Lea Seydoux (Emma) and Adele Exarchopoulos (Adele).

According to the Media Development Authority's films classification database, the film contains "several strong, prolonged and explicit sexual scenes between the two women". They include a seven-minute-long sexual scene "where the two female protagonists appear naked and engaged in various sexual activities, including oral sex and masturbation".

 
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