A French film about a girl who falls in love with an older woman won the highest honor at the Cannes Film Festival, which ended on Sunday. As the Associated Press reports, the festival jury gave the award, the coveted Palme d’Or, to director Abdellatif Kechiche and actresses Adele Exarchopoulos and Lea Seydoux for the film, called “Blue is the Warmest Color: The Life of Adele.” Film critic Ann Hornaday doubts whether the film’s long sex scenes were necessary, and complains that “the net effect at Cannes has been one of filmmakers playing it safe and reverting to tired, troublesome form rather than taking genuinely risky and thoughtful leaps into the future.” Read her review of the films screened at the festival here.
Off screen, the festival was marred by two major jewelry heists. Thieves stole jewels worth about $1 million belonging to the Swiss jeweler Chopard earlier this month. Several days later, someone absconded with a necklace worth $2.6 million after a party for festival attendees at a hotel in the nearby town of Cap d’Antibes.