Director: Abdellatif Kechiche
StarsAdèle Exarchopolous, Léa Seydoux

First love is a wet, fucked up mess. And the worst part is, it's a wet, fucked up mess you'll never forget. Like the topic it tackles, Blue Is the Warmest Color is just as unforgettable. Carried by the harrowing performances from leads Léa Seydoux and Adèle Exarchopoulos, the film is a frank and tellingly uncomfortable chronicle of a young woman's (Exarchopoulos) rocky journey of self-discovery. Along the way, she falls for another woman (Seydoux), with whom she begins a long-term relationship. You travel with her from puppy love to the open water of whatever the hell lies beyond the honeymoon phase.

But don't be fooled by its familiar premise. The winner of the Cannes film festival grand prize, the Palme d'Or, the story (based on the graphic novel by Julie Maroh) isn't wispy young adult fare. It's a naturalistic portrayal of the pain, obsessive attachment, and the passion you feel when you first fall in love—and the shell of yourself you're left with when it's taken away.