Idaho Bans Teen Lesbian Film “Blue Is The Warmest Color” Over NC-17 Sexy Sex Rating

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Idaho won’t screen the film that took the top prize in Cannes this year, because SEX.

“Blue Is The Warmest Color,” a French film starring Lea Seydoux about teenaged lesbians, won this year’s Palme d’Or at Cannes. But the film Cannes-not (see what I did there?) play at the Idaho state’s only arthouse movie theater in Boise due to its NC-17 rating. The theater’s liquor license prohibits the theater from screening movies which — to quote directly from the Idaho state code — contain:

“[A]cts or simulated acts of sexual intercourse, masturbation, sodomy, bestiality, oral copulation, flagellation or any sexual acts which are prohibited by law … [and ]any person being touched, caressed or fondled on the breast, buttocks, anus or genitals.”

And “Blue Is The Warmest Color” has, um, a lot of those things.

The Flicks Theatre in Boise has actually never shown an NC-17 film before. The owner of the theater insisted to The Hollywood Reporter, “It isn’t because we’re prudes.” It’s just the law (a bad law, I should say).

Fortunately for the rest of us, “Blue Is The Warmest Color” will in the other 49 stages — even in Wyoming? really? — on October 25th.

[Hollywood Reporter via Guardian UK]
[BlackBook Mag]

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