Lesbian sex scenes get 'Blue Is the Warmest Color' NC-17 rating

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"Blue Is The Warmest Color" may have been the Cannes winner back in May, but it looks like its good luck ran out. Due to its controversial lesbian sex scenes, the film will be released domestically with an NC-17 rating, Deadline reports. 

This isn't the first hardship dealt out to "Blue Is the Warmest Color." Director Abdellatif Kechiche's film was previously ruled ineligible for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar nomination because of its October 9 opening in France (which is nine days after the deadline for a submitting country).

The drama's US distributor, Sundance Selects, announced on Wednesday (August 21) that it will release the film domestically with the unfortunately divisive rating after deciding to not omit scenes of "explicit sexual content" or release the pic unrated. 

"This is a landmark film with two of the best female performances we have ever seen on screen," Sundance Selects/IFC Films President Jonathan Sehring said in a statement. "The film is first and foremost a film about love, coming of age and passion. We refuse to compromise Kechiche's vision by trimming the film for an R rating. An NC-17 rating no longer holds the stigma it once did."

"Blue Is the Warmest Color" stars Lea Seydoux and Adele Exarchopoulos, and will open Oct. 25 after its screening at the New York Film Festival.

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