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June 6, 2013 by · 1 Comment 

Abdellatif Kechiche’s Blue Is the Warmest Color may have been won the Cannes Film Festival’s coveted Palme d’Or last month and the plaudits of most critics, but it has drawn harsh disapproval from the author of the graphic novel on which it was based. As reported in today’s (Thursday) New York Times, Julie Maroh sounded off on her blog about the fact that the lesbian drama featured no lesbian actresses. Léa Seydoux and Adéle Exarchopoulos, the two stars, and director Kechiche, she wrote, are “all straight, unless proven otherwise” and the sex scenes amounted to “a brutal and surgical display, exuberant and cold, of so-called lesbian sex, which turned into porn.” Maroh also expressed indignation over Kechiche’s failure to invite her to the set during the production of the film, respond to her emails, or to acknowledge her when he won the prize. “I deeply wish to thank all those who appeared surprised, shocked, disgusted with the fact that Kechiche had no words for me when he received his Palme,” she wrote.