Six years after he caused a stir with Blue is the Warmest Colour, Abdellatif Kechiche has debuted a new controversial film at Cannes.
Mektoub, My Love: Intermezzo, another coming-of-age story, is the sequel to Mektoub, My Love: Canto Uno, which premiered at the festival in 2017.
Kechiche’s new release includes a lengthy, graphic love-making scene, where what appears to be un-simulated oral sex is performed upon Ophélie, played by Ophélie Bau.
The scene, which occurs about two-thirds of the way through the three and a half hour film, reportedly prompted many audience members to walk out of the movie theatre.
It is unclear whether prudishness, squeamishness or sheer boredom drove people from their seats. The film has received negative reviews from critics. The Telegraph’s Robbie Collin gave it just one star.