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Blue is the Warmest Colour, an intimate love story about two young French women, has won the Palme d’Or for best film at the Cannes Film Festival.

It has attracted attention for its explicit sex scenes as well as the acclaimed performances of actresses Adele Exarchopoulos and Lea Seydoux.

Hollywood veteran Bruce Dern won best actor for his performance in Nebraska.

And French star Berenice Bejo, known for silent film The Artist, won best actress for her role in The Past.

The winners were picked from the 20 films in competition and were named at the festival’s closing ceremony on Sunday.

Blue is the Warmest Colour is a three-hour coming-of-age movie in which Exarchopoulos plays a 15-year-old who falls in love with an older woman, played by Seydoux.

Berenice Bejo
Berenice Bejo shot to fame in Oscar-winning silent film The Artist

Directed by Abdellatif Kechiche, it won rave reviews in Cannes, being described as “epic yet intimate” by The Guardian.

But it also shocked some critics. Variety magazine said it contained “the most explosively graphic lesbian sex scenes in recent memory”.

The Hollywood Reporter said the “sprawling drama” would “raise eyebrows” as it crossed the barrier “between performance and the real deal”.

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