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Teen lesbian love story takes top prize at Cannes

- The Washington Times - Monday, May 27, 2013

A French love story about two lesbians snagged the top honor at Cannes Film Festival on Sunday, sparking the event's director to suggest the tens of thousands rallying against gay marriage in Paris to go view it.

"La Vie d'Adele — Chapitre 1 & 2," translated into "Blue is the Warmest Color," beat out 20 other films with the major themes of sex, love, violence and anguish, Reuters reported. The film won the Palme d'Or, putting to rest critics who said it would be overlooked due to its explicit lesbian sex scenes — one of which spanned 10 minutes, Reuters said.

Thierry Fremaux, the director of the Cannes Film Festival, said the film came at an opportune moment to make a political message.

"Everyone who is against same-sex marriage or love between two people of the same sex must see the film," he said, to Reuters, in reference to the 100,000-plus who hit the Paris streets during the past couple days to protest President Francois Hollande's passage of a law that allows gay marriage and adoption by same-sex couples.

"Blue is the Warmest Color" portrays the rocky lesbian relationship of 15-year-old Adele and her lover Emma.

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