This year’s winner of the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival is a passionate French film about two young women who fall in love.

The film follows 17 year old Adèle (Exarchopoulos) as she negotiates her first sexual experiences and relationships. After a difficult break up with a boyfriend, Adèle meets Emma (Léa Seydoux), a blue-haired art student and soon they begin an intense love affair.

Although Abdellatif Kechiche’s (Couscous) film is sexually explicit (and contains a long, unflinching but candid love scene), it is first and foremost a story about love. The emotionally brave and natural performances by the two female leads means that the physical scenes never feels gratuitous but instead accentuates the emotional turmoil that Adèle suffers.

“Evokes love in its purest and most passionate form – intense, cataclysmic and unforgettable.” ★★★★★ The Guardian