France: Court rules Palme d’Or winner too offensive

6 January 2016


Abdellatif Kechiche’s Palme d’Or winner at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, ‘La Vie d’Adèle’ (‘Blue is the Warmest Color’), lost its French operating permission on 9 December 2015 when a Paris court ruled that the film contains “realistic sex scenes likely to offend the sensibilities of a young audience.”

The lesbian love story which many critics declared to be “the best film of 2013” was originally given a –12 rating in France, meaning anyone over 12 years of age could see it. That rating is now to be reconsidered by the Classification Commission, but the court’s decision also will be appealed.

This latest controversy was stirred up by Promouvoir, a conservative-values group that increasingly has been calling on the Administrative Court of Paris to reverse ratings the group deems inappropriate. Other targets have included Gaspar Noé’s ‘Love’, Virginie Despentes’ ‘Baise-Moi’, Universal’s ‘Fifty Shades Of Grey’ and Lars von Trier’s two ‘Nymphomaniac’ films. The group first asked for ‘La Vie d’Adèle’s permission to be pulled in September 2014.

ARP, an influential group of writers, directors and producers, is outraged at the court’s decision. In a statement, it said members were “stupefied” that the court agreed with the “shameful arguments” of a “decidedly obscurantist association.”

» Deadline – 9 December 2015:
‘Blue Is The Warmest Color’s French Visa Revoked After Conservative Group Appeals Rating

» Le Figaro – 9 December 2015:
Après Love, le visa d’exploitation de La Vie d’Adèle annulé par la justice

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