On Thursday, New York Times movie reviewer A.O. Scott wrote about a theater in Iowa that would not be showing the lesbian sex-heavy film Blue is the Warmest Color, the winner of the Palme D’Or at the Cannes Film Festival. Scott originally raved the film, but pointed out that the director “lapses into voyeurism, turning erotic sensation into a spectacle of flesh.” Now, he says he has taken his 14-year-old daughter to see the film…twice:
In my capacity as a critic, I will weigh in on the artistic merits of Mr. Kechiche’s film in Friday’s paper. But I am also the parent of two mature, inquiring teenagers, one of whom, my 14-year-old daughter, has seen it twice, at the Telluride Film Festival. My permissiveness has raised some eyebrows among friends and colleagues, and I am not necessarily holding myself up as a role model. You have your own rules, and your own reasons for enforcing them, and naked bodies writhing in ecstasy may not be something you want your kids to see. But in some ways, because of its tone and subject matter, “Blue” is a movie that may be best appreciated by viewers under the NC-17 age cutoff.