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Adoration (2013)

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A pair of childhood friends and neighbors fall for each other's sons.

Director:

Anne Fontaine

Writers:

Anne Fontaine (screenplay), Christopher Hampton (story) | 2 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:

Two Mothers 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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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Doris Lessing's original novel "The Grandmothers" was said to be based on a true incident. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Lil: Doctors say you'll live.
Ian: [scoffs] Do they have any good news?
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Remake of In a Wild Moment (1977) See more »

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The Haunted Ocean 1
Written & Performed by Max Richter
Published by Mute Song / Mushroom Music Publishing Pty Ltd
Under license from EMI Music France
Licensed courtesy of EMI Music Australia Pty Ltd
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A Superb Chick Flick for Grannies!
19 January 2013 | by flydocflySee all my reviews

This lovely movie was based on Doris Lessing's short story "The Grandmothers". I just saw the premiere at Sundance and absolutely loved it. Supposedly inspired by a true story, it's about two mothers who really like their son's best friend (their best friend's son) And that tag line is what you'll hear all about. Oh, the horror. I imagine middle age male reviewers will not particularly like this movie, though gay men will most likely love it. But it's a film about women--their friendships, husbands, relationships, sons and lovers. It's directed by Anne Fontaine, a French woman (which explains the exorbitant number of scenes with smoking cigarettes, and an insanely un-American story concept that young men might be attracted to older women.)

It's beautifully crafted (gorgeous cinematography) and has intelligent editing (watch for the skillful matched cuts that "age" the characters). The performances are all around great. Robin Wright is amazing--it's an Oscar caliber performance, however, the film probably won't get a large enough release to be on the radar for awards (sort of like poor John Hawkes not getting nominated for "The Sessions", what was the Academy thinking?) Of course, setting the movie in Australia means the other main character is the location. Tanned surfing teenage boys with model-beautiful mothers in bikinis, cowabunga mate (and significantly less handsome husbands and admirers, thankfully not shown in Speedos.)

There was laughter in the screening in places unexpected by the director, but this was probably just anxious laughter by viewers unaccustomed to thinking about middle aged women having sexual and emotional interest in younger men. Actually, I felt the laughter lightened up the viewing experience, and made the characters more human (okay, so I laughed and cried in this movie, but I never laughed at it.) At almost every story point where an expected turn would happen (if following Hollywood development script notes) the writer took what I call the "elegant decision" and pleasantly surprised me.

This is all around superb filmic story telling. Brilliant performances, intelligent and gentle direction, spectacular scenery, highly professional technical craftsmanship, and (for most of us, I expect) new emotional territory. It's a great film. I truly hope you get to see it.


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