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Adore (2013)

Adoration (original title)
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A pair of childhood friends and neighbors fall for each other's sons.

Director:

Anne Fontaine

Writers:

Anne Fontaine (screenplay), Doris Lessing (book) | 3 more credits »
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1 win & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Naomi Watts ... Lil
Robin Wright ... Roz
Xavier Samuel ... Ian
James Frecheville ... Tom
Ben Mendelsohn ... Harold
Jessica Tovey ... Mary
Sophie Lowe ... Hannah
Gary Sweet ... Saul
Alyson Standen ... Molly
Skye Sutherland Skye Sutherland ... Young Roz
Sarah Henderson Sarah Henderson ... Young Lil
Isaac Cocking Isaac Cocking ... Young Tom
Brody Mathers Brody Mathers ... Young Ian
Alice Roberts Alice Roberts ... Roz's grand-daughter
Charlee Thomas Charlee Thomas ... Lil's grand-daughter
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Storyline

Lil (Naomi Watts) and Roz (Robin Wright) are two lifelong friends, having grown up together as neighbors in an idyllic beach town. As adults, their sons have developed a friendship as strong as that which binds their mothers. One summer, all four are confronted by simmering emotions that have been mounting between them, and each find unexpected happiness in relationships that cross the bounds of convention. Written by Anonymous

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Genres:

Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexual content and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

Australia | France

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 April 2013 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Adore See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$16,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$19,646, 20 September 2013, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$317,125, 29 September 2013
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

This drew laughter from the audience during some of the more intense dialogue exchanges when it premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. See more »

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Sophie Lowe plays Hannah and Jessica Tovey plays Mary, but their roles are swapped in the end credits. See more »

Quotes

Roz: Where are you going?
Ian: To your room.
[Ian leaves]
Lil: Ian!
[Lil looks slyly towards Tom]
Tom: [to Lil] See you at yours.
[closeup to Lil with lustful expressions]
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In These Shoes
Written by Kirsty MacColl, Pete Glenister, Willie Bobo (as Willie "Bobo" Correa) & Melvin Lastie
Performed by Kirsty MacColl
Published by Native Tongue Music Publishing, on behalf of Bug Music Ltd / Mushroom Music Publishing Pty Ltd / Asereco Music Publishing Co (ASCAP) / Adormel Music Publishing, Inc (BMI)
Under license from V2 Records Ltd (UK) / Mercury Records Ltd (UK)
Licensed courtesy of Universal Music Australia Pty Ltd
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Loved it.
1 September 2013 | by inga-kuppSee all my reviews

Let me start with saying that when the movie was finished and the lights were on again, I did not want it to end. I wanted to see what would happen even afterwards, I wanted it to continue. I was stunned to my seat with lot of thoughts and emotions.

Plot: Two lifelong friends and mothers - Lil, who is a widower and Roz, who is married - whose bonds go back to their childhood, adore each other and their sons. Their sons are also best friends and during one summer evening after wine and fun Roz and Ian (Lil's son) are getting attracted to each other. Passion takes them into unknown and questionable territory - they have sex. Tom (Roz's son) sees his mother leaving Ian's room and Tom takes the news to Lil. It doesn't take long for Lil and Tom to fall into the same pattern.

There are hesitations, but these do not last long and the secret relationships continue until the plot takes you to 2 years later when Tom goes to Sydney. His visit to Sydney changes everything for four of them - the nasty truth has its way to come out and alter everybody's happy lives.

I loved the story. It was dramatic, heartbreaking, beautiful and sad. I loved the relationships and how these were handled in the movie. It's a story where you have high doubts about happy endings. But the plot and the director kept surprising you and it asked a lot of important questions. What kind of love is acceptable? Does age matter? Can people handle the consequences of their own actions and do these make them happy? Is it allowed to fall passionately in love when you are middle-aged? Why are people willing to give up on love even though they do not want to do that, but know it's the only reasonable thing to do? Is it love when you do what you think is best and hurt the one you love with that? All these and many other questions were raised and it is up to the viewer to decide and find the answers to them. What I loved about Adore was exactly, that the answers were not given to you, it woke a lot of thoughts.

Adore was filled with interesting relationships. My favorite was the relationship between Roz and Ian and it broke my heart to see what people do to the ones they love. Roz wanted to give Ian free because of her loyalty to Lil and because she wanted that Ian could enjoy his young life. The sad thing was, that Ian did not want that freedom, he ached for Roz for years, he loved her. Roz did what she felt was right and suffered because of that.

When you look at the relationship between Lil and Tom, it was simpler, but not easier for that matter. There were more secrets and these secrets hurt the not only themselves, but also Ian and Roz.

Adore is a movie about love and betrayal and relationships.

Directing, sets: I have seen few other movies directed by Anne Fontaine and Adore proved once again, than she is one of the best female contemporary directors. I personally think she did an excellent work with the movie.

The settings in the New South Wales in Australia were beautiful. There were lot of scenes on and nearby the sea and beach. It was absolutely breathtaking! Casting and the ensemble: Both Naomi Watts and Robin Wright belong to my long-time favorites and the delivered exactly and more what I expected from them. Bigger surprises were the young men playing Ian and Tom - Xavier Samuel and James Frecheville. I truly liked how they played their characters, they had quite a big tasks with these roles and they were believable and natural as Ian and Tom. Very suitable cast in my opinion.

Generally: Adore is a controversial movie. I think there are people who would love the imbroglio of relationships and friendships and then there are the ones who would judge them. I belong to the first group. I really enjoyed the drama!


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