Thursday, June 06, 2013

Graphic Novelist Critical of Movie Version of Her Book

Even if you've made it, there are days when bad things happen.

Case in point: Julie Maroh, a twentysomething who wrote and drew the graphic novel BLUE ANGEL (Le bleu est une couleur chaude), a lesbian love story. She started it at the age of 19, and it took five years to finish. She was fortunate to get it made into a movie, with the title BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOR, directed by Abdellatif Kechiche. It premiered at Cannes this year. The critics loved it. It won the Palme d'Or.

Ms. Maroh, who is 27 years old, and is a lesbian herself, has condemned the movie for its sex scenes. Indiewire quotes her criticisms of the film and Mr. Kechiche, calling the sequences "a brutal and surgical display, exuberant and cold, of so-called lesbian sex, which turned into porn, and me feel very ill at ease."
She took the deal; a deal a lot of cartoonists do not get: a movie deal. It's not a bad deal. Others have done it.

She's entitled to her opinions, but the problem is it's hard to pity someone who has all this going for her career.

Related: NY Times, Julie Maroh, Author of 'Blue' Novel, Criticizes Film

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