“We organised a huge casting and I chose Adèle the minute I saw her. I had taken her for lunch at a brasserie. She ordered lemon tart and when I saw the way she ate it I thought: “It’s her! Very much “within her senses”, her way of moving her mouth, of chewing… Her mouth was a very important element in this film – in fact, both characters’ mouths were decisive, and for very human reasons. They provoke all sorts of feelings and sensations. Something in a face touches us: a nose, a mouth… For me this is the beginning of everything…”
— Abdellatif Kechiche on casting Adèle Exarchopoulos.