Adèle Exarchopoulos delivers one of last year’s breakout performances in Blue Is the Warmest Color, a shocking and beautiful movie about a young woman discovering her sexuality.

Exarchopoulos gives a performance that feels honest at every turn, with an expressive face that belongs on the big screen. Léa Seydoux (the assassin from the last Mission: Impossible film) is also powerful as Emma, the blue-haired woman upon whom Adele sets her sights. The two are wonderful together and provide real soul in a tremendously affecting love story.

Director Abdellatif Kechiche overdoes it a tad with some of the most explicit and overlong sex scenes ever displayed on a commercial movie screen. I’m not surprised that the actresses were a little pissed at their director in the aftermath. The scenes could stand a little trimming.

Still, Exarchopoulos and Seydoux kept me riveted for nearly three hours. It’s a shame this was never submitted as a contender for the Best Foreign Film Oscar, because it was a true winner.

Special Features: I don’t think I’ve ever seen a lamer set of supplements on a Criterion Collection release. There are a couple of commercials, and that’s it. There are no commentaries, no making-of docs, no sex-scene bloopers … nothing. It’s shocking. Perhaps there will be a special edition in the future.