September 20, 2013 at 02:30 PM EDT

Blue Is The Warmest Color

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
NC-17
runtime
179 minutes
Limited Release Date
10/25/13
performer
Aurelien Recoing, Lea Seydoux
director
Abdellatif Kechiche
genre
Drama

Blue is the Warmest Color has been the subject of controversy ever since it premiered at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. And you can’t even get past the MPAA green-screen intro to its new trailer, with its giant lurking NC-17, to see why: “Explicit Sexual Content.”

The French-language film from Tunisian director Abdellatif Kechiche drew gasps at Cannes for its explicit — and extensive — lesbian sex scenes that capture the passionate romance between a French teen (Adèle Exarchopoulos) and her first same-sex lover (Midnight in Paris‘ Léa Seydoux). But it also took home the festival’s top prize and won scores of critical accolades — accolades that are featured prominently in the new trailer. “Magnificent,” reads a rave from Steven Spielberg, the Cannes’ jury president. “We were under the spell of the film and its wonderful actresses.”

Click below for a perfectly chaste teaser of a trailer for the film, accompanied by the Beach House song “Take Care.” Blue opens in the U.S. on Oct. 25.

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