Adore (film)

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Adore
Adore poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byAnne Fontaine
Produced byPhilippe Carcassonne
Michel Feller
Barbara Gibbs
Screenplay byChristopher Hampton
Based onThe Grandmothers 
by Doris Lessing
StarringNaomi Watts
Robin Wright
Ben Mendelsohn
Xavier Samuel
James Frecheville
Music byChristopher Gordon
Antony Partos
CinematographyChristophe Beaucarne
Edited byLuc Barnier
Ceinwen Berry
Production
  company
Hopscotch Films
Remstar
Distributed byGaumont
Release date(s)
  • 18 January 2013 (2013-01-18) (Sundance)
  • 3 April 2013 (2013-04-03) (France)
  • 14 November 2013 (2013-11-14) (Australia)
Running time106 minutes
CountryAustralia
France
LanguageEnglish
Budget$16 million
Box office

$674,982[1] (Under the title "Adore")
$1,886,042[2] (Under the title "Two Mothers")

$2,561,024 (Total)
 
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Adore
Adore poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byAnne Fontaine
Produced byPhilippe Carcassonne
Michel Feller
Barbara Gibbs
Screenplay byChristopher Hampton
Based onThe Grandmothers 
by Doris Lessing
StarringNaomi Watts
Robin Wright
Ben Mendelsohn
Xavier Samuel
James Frecheville
Music byChristopher Gordon
Antony Partos
CinematographyChristophe Beaucarne
Edited byLuc Barnier
Ceinwen Berry
Production
  company
Hopscotch Films
Remstar
Distributed byGaumont
Release date(s)
  • 18 January 2013 (2013-01-18) (Sundance)
  • 3 April 2013 (2013-04-03) (France)
  • 14 November 2013 (2013-11-14) (Australia)
Running time106 minutes
CountryAustralia
France
LanguageEnglish
Budget$16 million
Box office

$674,982[1] (Under the title "Adore")
$1,886,042[2] (Under the title "Two Mothers")

$2,561,024 (Total)

Adore (also known as Adoration; previously known as Two Mothers and Perfect Mothers) is a 2013 Australian-French drama film directed by Anne Fontaine. The film is based on a novella by British writer Doris Lessing called The Grandmothers.[3]

The original title of the film was Two Mothers and it premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival under this title.[4]

Plot[edit]

In New South Wales, two young girls, Roz and Lil grow up as best friends. Many years later, Lil's husband Theo, dies in a car accident and she is left to raise her young son, Ian, alone. Roz is married to a drama professor, Harold, and has a young son, Tom. Roz and Lil, and to a minor extent Harold encourage the friendship that already exists between their sons to become deeper. Roz, steps up to the plate and becomes almost something of a second mother to Ian. Her friendship with Lil deepens to that of sisterhood. Lil, Roz, Harold, Ian, and Tom live near the beach.

Years pass and Tom and Ian are now 20 years old, still close. Harold applies for and is offered a job in Sydney without telling Roz. It becomes obvious that while Roz's friendship with Lil has deepened over the years Harold and Roz have grown apart. He expects Roz to move to Sydney with him; she hesitates. Despite himself, Ian becomes seriously attracted to Roz. One night he looks at her and it is obvious that his feelings toward her have changed. Ian starts making casual advances towards Roz. Roz, despite herself, starts flirting back in the same manner. Saul, a man who has been after Lil for a long time, gets blown off by her again. One night Ian, Tom, Roz, and Lil are having dinner together. Roz and Ian flirt and watch Lil and Tom dance together. That night Tom has a little too much to drink. Ian goes back to the main house, where there is a guestroom that Ian often stays in. Ian kisses Roz, and although she is hesitant the two of them end up going to his room together.

That night Tom goes up to the kitchen for a drink and witnesses Roz coming out of Ian's room, wearing nothing but a t-shirt and carrying her jeans in her hand. The next day Tom puts the moves on Lil and ends up telling her what has been going on between Ian and Roz. Tom takes revenge by initiating a sexual relationship with Lil. He informs his mother that he was with Lil and Roz slaps him in the face. Both, Lil and Roz agree that they have crossed a line and that it shouldn't be crossed again. Lil informs Ian of this. Ian tells his mother that he loves Roz as Harold returns. Roz informs Harold that she and Tom don't plan to move to Sydney with him because they can't bear the thought of living anywhere else.

Things don't go so well at first and Tom and Ian get into a fight then make up. Saul confronts Lil about his feelings for her at her house in front of Roz. From the way that Roz is being protective of Lil, Saul leaves believing that Roz and Lil are lovers, which Roz and Lil laugh about. Lil acknowledges that Saul will probably tell everyone and Roz thinks that that is probably for the best. Roz and Ian continue their relationship, but they are now getting along with Tom and Lil, who are continuing their relationship as well. Tom and Ian are acting brothers and best friends who are in love with a set of sisters. Later Roz and Harold divorce.

Two years later, Ian is working with his mother Lil, while Tom pursues his career as a stage director. Tom informs Ian that Harold has offered him a month-long directing job in Sydney, but is hesitant to leave, worrying that Lil would not be happy with this. But Ian encourages Tom to go, stating that Lil would not want to get in the way of his goals. Tom leaves for Sydney and soon meets a young woman named Mary who auditions for the lead. Tom is instantly attracted to Mary. Tom calls Lil and tells her about Mary, but does not mention that they are beginning a relationship. Lil begins to worry, however, though Ian and Roz try their best to console her. When Tom returns he continues his relationship with Lil, but at the same time receives calls from Mary.

On Tom's 21st birthday, Harold comes back to celebrate. Instead of bringing his new wife and newborn, he brings Mary as a surprise for Tom. Lil is unaware of this, and arrives later that night with Ian to the party. She sees Tom dancing with Mary. Tom in turn sees her and comes over to introduce the two women. Ian then asks Mary to dance and takes her to the dance floor. Tom informs Lil that Mary is staying at a hotel room and that he can come over after dropping her off. Lil tells him that it is not a good idea and soon leaves. Tom goes to Mary's hotel and the next day Lil is devastated. She and Roz decide to unite together and end their respective relationships for good.

Tom and Mary later get married. At the wedding Ian is still mad at Roz, and hints to Harold that it's his fault for the wedding. Ian then meets Mary's maid of honor, Hannah. Ian is distraught and tries to see Roz early the next morning; still angry, he goes surfing and lands himself in the hospital. Hannah visits him in the hospital and the two later become involved. While meeting with Tom, Ian tells him that Hannah is great but it's not going anywhere. That night after work Hannah informs Ian that she is pregnant.

Years later Ian and Tom both have daughters about the same age. Both couples, along with Lil and Roz, spend the day at the beach. Later that evening Lil leaves early, and Tom claims to be drunk and takes a walk to sober up. Ian then discovers that Tom and Lil have resumed their sexual relationship and is so angry that he discloses to the two young women what has been going on. Mary explains to a confused Hannah that Ian and Roz were lovers and that Tom and Lil are still lovers. Mary decides to leave Tom and Hannah goes with her, taking both girls with them. Mary informs Roz that she never wants to see any of them ever again. Lil explains to Roz about restarting her sexual relationship with Tom shortly after his wedding to Mary. Lil tells Roz that she is the only one who hasn't behaved badly in this whole mess. Roz then says it probably is all her fault.

The movie ends with Ian swimming to the floating platform that has been a meeting place for the boys and their mothers all throughout the film. "Good morning," he says politely. The next shot, from over the platform, reveals each of the four, all lying there, but not touching; together, but each utterly alone.

Cast[edit]

Reception[edit]

The film has received mostly negative reviews. Of 71 reviews counted by Rotten Tomatoes 31% were positive, and the average score given by reviewers was 4.6/10.[5] Metacritic counted 24 reviews with an average score of 37/100, indicating "generally unfavorable reviews".[6]

The Guardian's Damon Wise gave the film a positive review (4/5 stars); the Metacritic blurb reads: "An incredibly provocative piece of work, featuring a brave and vulnerable performance by Naomi Watts (who seems perhaps a little too young) and a career-high acting masterclass from Robin Wright (who is cast perfectly)."[7]

Despite the negative reviews, Adore was nominated for the following awards:

AwardCategorySubjectResult
AACTA Award
(3rd)
Best Adapted ScreenplayChristopher HamptonNominated
Best ActressNaomi WattsNominated
Best Production DesignAnnie BeauchampNominated
Best Costume DesignJoanna Mae ParkNominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ Boxoffice Media, Llc (2013-09-06). "BoxOffice® — Adore". Boxoffice.com. Retrieved 2014-04-09. 
  2. ^ "Two Mothers". Boxofficemojo.com. Retrieved 2014-04-09. 
  3. ^ "In bed with Naomi Watts: First stills from controversial film Two Mothers shows actress in sex scene with best friend's son". dailymail.co.uk. 10 December 2012. Retrieved 14 February 2013. 
  4. ^ "'Adore' Trailer: Two Mothers Swap Sons In Taboo Sex Drama". The Huffington Post. 25 June 2013. Retrieved 26 June 2013. 
  5. ^ "Adore (2013)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 17 June 2014. 
  6. ^ "Adore". Metacritic. Retrieved 17 June 2014. 
  7. ^ "Sundance film festival 2013: Two Mothers - first look review". The Guardian (London). 21 January 2013. Retrieved 7 September 2013. 

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