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Adore (2013)
"Perfect Mothers" (original title)

R  |   |  Drama, Romance  |  3 April 2013 (France)
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A pair of childhood friends and neighbors fall for each other's sons.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Skye Sutherland ...
Young Roz
Sarah Henderson ...
Young Lil
Isaac Cocking ...
Young Tom
Brody Mathers ...
Young Ian
Alice Roberts ...
Roz's grand-daughter
Charlee Thomas ...
Lil's grand-daughter


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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Drama | Romance

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

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Release Date:

3 April 2013 (France)  »

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Adore  »

Box Office


$16,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$19,646 (USA) (20 September 2013)


$317,125 (USA) (27 September 2013)

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Ian: [about the children] You get them over excited.
Roz: No, we spoil them is what we do. That's what grandmothers are supposed to do.
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"Everything just works out the way it's gonna and we just plod along behind it"
29 December 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

{8.5 stars}

ADORE could have turned out really cheesy, but the very real characters, along with a nice blend of funny and sad moods, fitting soundtrack, and pretty Australian beach scenery keep it from becoming so. Fine performances by all the major players. Though more character and conflict development may seem needed at first, we get to know everyone and everything gradually, and the fact that they are all just fairly "normal" (whatever that is) people is pivotal. Not the greatest script, but it's nothing if not realistic.

Regarding the plot: The way the improbable quadrangle develops is pretty convincing. Even if what's happening in the premise is nothing illegal, it's obviously weird if not downright perverse. Yet, I was surprised to find myself rooting for both couples as ADORE proceeded, wanting them all to be happy together. The way the two women bear a superficial resemblance to each other, causing us to occasionally forget who's whose mum and who's whose lover, is another interesting effect. Finally, the isolated cove with its stationary sun-raft is an apropos symbol.

Though it's obviously not a "family film" or one for younger children, there is no gore, serious nudity (just a couple of brief booty-shots of Robin Wright and Xavier Samuel), or other flinchable elements (unless you count the multiple unexplicit sex scenes).

ADORE is one of the strongest, most satisfying films to come out in recent years, and I enjoyed it immensely.

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