Phenomenal use of close-ups. Kechiche manages to capture moments of such warmth, energy and vulnerability, the likes of which I struggle to find comparisons to. Masterfully done. Not to mention all those tiny, yet so emotionally significant subtleties in Exarchopoulos's performance. Simply astonishing. Loved it.
The composition of this film is overall a stunning piece of work. There is incredible amounts of framing that are utilized between Adele and Emma to give you a feel of intimacy between the two women as they grow closer in their relationship. Adele is almost always framed in an extreme close up to symbolize her sexual struggles and feeling out of place. Overall it's a visually stunning film, but it is incredibly long.
Its contrivances show through despite the stellar efforts of the cast. But I'll always remember the scene of Adele choking on a candy bar in her sadness, which so perfectly crystallizes that moment of an affective intensity potent enough to override the "natural" functions of the body.