A moment packed with erotic longing and self-aware intensity — no, not the much ballyhooed sex scenes in “Blue Is the Warmest Color” but a scene even more naked.
Early in the film, one of Adele’s (Adele Exarchopoulos) high school friends (Alma Jodorowsky) casually flirts with her, testing her, while they sit outside the school smoking cigarettes. She tells Adele, who already suspects her own nature and struggles not to betray her discomfort, that she thinks Adele is cute, and then kisses her. Emboldened, Adele follows her friend into the bathroom the next day and attempts another kiss. “I didn’t think you’d get so hooked,” the friend remarks as she pulls away, leaving Adele alone with the dismissive retort, “Don’t worry — this won’t change anything between us.”