Julie Maroh, author of Blue Is the Warmest Color
, has generated a lot of buzz for her criticism of the Palme d'Or-winning film based on her book for its graphic sexual content, calling its sex scenes a "brutal and surgical display" and taking it to task for its lack of realism: "Maybe there was someone there to awkwardly imitate the possible positions with their hands, and/or to show them some porn of so-called 'lesbians' (unfortunately it's hardly ever actually for a lesbian audience)."
The New York Times
covered the controversy here
Owen Gleiberman of Entertainment Weekly
weighs in on the subject in this article here
And The Atlantic
compares the book and film versions:
"Maroh ... opts for a deliberately understated and ordinary visual style. She does not linger on her characters when they are naked, nor does she use particularly dramatic shading or coloring to make the sex scenes stand out from her other drawings. At times Emma and Clémentine look sexy, at times they look goofy or clumsy, just like real women. 'What interests me is the banalisation of homosexuality,' Maroh wrote in her post. As a result, she focuses less on the titillating girl-on-girl action and more on the story's universal theme of tragic romance. The greatest taboo Maroh tackles has nothing to do with lesbian sex: it's the modern myth that love is all you need."
You can read the full Atlantic