This review reportedly contains spoilers.
Sadly I think my enjoyment of this film suffered from knowing too much about it beforehand. Both knowing and anticipating developments in the plot and having the disagreements between the stars and director in the back of my mind had an impact on my viewing.
Hidden somewhere amongst all the sex is a beautiful love story. There are some real moments of tenderness as they get to know each other. I would much rather have seen more of these scenes in the park than those in the bedroom.
And then there are a couple of things that since viewing have been nagging at me. The first was that Adèle was always a child in my eyes. This left me feeling very uncomfortable in some scenes, especially when the camera invades her space while she sleeps. The second was the role that infidelity plays in the relationship between Adèle and Emma. Unless I am mistaken, Emma is in a relationship with Sabine when she meets Adèle, however Sabine is soon dumped and forgotten. The big bust up over Adèle’s affair therefore just left me feeling angry at the hypocrisy.