IFC Center statement on BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOR rating
BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOR, winner of the Palme d’Or at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, is one of the most profound coming-of-age stories ever put on film. Given the unique and powerful resonance of teenaged Adele’s story, we at IFC Center are honored to be able to share this film with NYC audiences.
This is not a movie for young children, but it is our judgment that it is appropriate for mature, inquiring teenagers who are looking ahead to the emotional challenges and opportunities that adulthood holds.
The MPAA has recommended that no American citizen under the age of 18 be allowed to see the film. While many people find the MPAA’s recommendations useful, others may look to alternative sources: reviews, recommendations of friends, etc., in making movie choices. The MPAA rating is a voluntary guideline that we as a theater are not obligated to enforce. In this case we feel it is unnecessarily restrictive and we will indeed admit high school age patrons to screenings of this perceptive and moving film at the IFC Center.