Adore 2013 R CC

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(178) IMDb 6.2/10
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Watch Now While It's in Theaters. Escape to a close-knit seaside community where two lifelong friends find themselves entangled in passionate relationships with each other's sons, and the lines between sex, family, and friendship are blurred.

Starring:
Naomi Watts, Robin Wright
Runtime:
1 hour 52 minutes

Available in HD on supported devices.

Adore

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Product Details

Genres Drama
Director Anne Fontaine
Starring Naomi Watts, Robin Wright
Supporting actors Xavier Samuel, James Frecheville, Ben Mendelsohn, Jessica Tovey, Sophie Lowe, Gary Sweet, Alyson Standen, Skye Sutherland, Sarah Henderson, Isaac Cocking, Brody Mathers, Alice Roberts, Charlee Thomas, Drew Fairley, Rowan Witt, Sally Cahill, Richard Huggett, Scott Pirlo
Studio Paramount
MPAA rating R (Restricted)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

The acting is very good.
Allan M. Lees
That was the least of the unbelievable aspects of the film, but seemed a bit odd.
Skye
Yes, things happen, but really...There was nothing sexy about it.
Rene

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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Edward Batten on September 21, 2013
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Man, this movie keeps you guessing, builds great tension, and has some of the best moments I've seen all year. There is no nudity and nearly no violence, but that doesn't stop it from being an absolute thrill ride. America made movies like this once upon a time, but at least Australia and other foreign countries can still produce good, edgy, thoughtful drama.
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38 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Moonchild on September 9, 2013
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This was at times odd, uncomfortable, and disturbing..but yet strangely enjoyable to watch. It draws you in and tosses you around a bit. At first, I was appalled at the "crossed lines" and seemingly lack of good judgement and self control, but then as the story continued I got use to the idea of it all, and came to the conclusion that there is nothing inherently wrong with four people who want nothing more than to love, be loved, and experience an intense connection with another. This movie wouldn't have worked had it not been for the strong performances, especially by the two actresses, who would be beautiful at any age.
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46 of 57 people found the following review helpful By Grady Harp HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 8, 2013
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The audience is polarized in response to this astonishingly refreshing and brilliant little film: some are completely disgusted with the theme of `aberrant love' while other are awash in the courageous work by director Anne Fontaine, Fontaine and Christopher Hampton's adaptation of Doris Lessing's short story `The Grandmothers', and the acting by two of our finest actresses on the screen. Knowing that it is both loved and hated depending on the degree of appreciation for experimental film should be the driving force as to whether or not to take advantage witnessing this brave new film.

In New South Wales, Roz (Robin Wright), her husband Harold (Ben Mendelsohn) and their son Tom (James Frecheville) live near the beach. Lil, (Naomi Watts) who is a widow, lives nearby with her son Ian (Xavier Samuel). Roz and Lil are best friends, and so are Tom and Ian. Harold applies for and is offered a job in Sydney without telling Roz. He expects Roz to move to Sydney with him, however, she hesitates. After a night of drinking quite unexpectedly on the surface Ian and Roz start a sexual relationship. Tom discovers this and takes revenge by initiating a sexual relationship with Lil. Now Roz has even more reason to stay, and later Roz and Harold divorce. Two years of these two mothers/best friend's sons affairs pass but not without the inference that Roz and Lil are lesbians - a way for Lil to avoid the approach of a suitor Saul (Gary Sweet). Harold returns from Sydney and his new highly enviable job in the theater department and discovers the affairs and summarily absents himself from the situation and from Roz. There are hesitations, but these do not last long and the secret relationships continue. Eventually Tom goes to Sydney for a promising job interview in the theater.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By maribeth grodnitzky on September 13, 2013
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I loved this movie. It showed a strong bond, friendship between two woman that couldn't be broken. The story line is a different but done in good taste.
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Format: DVD
I had a chance to see this on a foreign-made DVD, and found the movie an interesting adaptation of the late, Nobel Prize Winning, author Doris Lessing's novella quite well-done. While the movie -- and the novella -- deal s with delicate subject matter, it is in no way taboo. Because: the women, the two mothers, become infatuated -- and fall in love with -- each other's sons, NOT their own! And, because the affair takes place in Australia. After living here for a while, I discovered -- by reading newspapers and reading about the laws (mind you) -- that, until recently, they DIDN'T consider it statutory rape or sex with a minor if the teens in question were 16 or 17 and above . I believe that has changed, now, but for the period when this film -- and the novella -- were set in, guys of 17 years of age (which the two sons seem to be) were considered "legal".

The premise is highly unlikely, but if Lessing had had only one mother fall in love with the other's son, it would have been too easy to have ALL of the characters treat only her as a pariah. Basically, one mother (played by Robin Wright) gives into her own lust -- and that of her friend's son, who kisses her -- one night. When the affair is discovered by the character played by Naomi Watts (and by the son of Wright's character) -- the other mother is reluctantly, and drunkenly, persuaded into an affair.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Allan M. Lees on February 16, 2014
Format: DVD
First a disclaimer: if you've led a sheltered existence or believe that some ancient text originating from a tribe of goat herders in a remote desert millennia ago contains everything you need to know about life, you might not want to watch this film. Why? Because it's about real life. There's no rubbishy faux emotions, nonsense plot, huge CGI effects, or endless car chases and gun battles. It's a real movie about real people. The direction and camerawork are all put to the service of the story and the acting, which places this movie in the same category as The Lives of Others and House of Sand and Fog. You need an attention span to watch this film. You need to let it carry you along at its own pace, devoid of snappy jump-cuts and mindless action scenes.

Some reviewers seem to have had problems dealing with the subject, which is simply that the teenage sons of two life-long friends fall in love, each with the mother of the other. Apparently this scenario isn't covered in the Big Hollywood/Disney Book of Life. Fortunately the film makers weren't overly concerned with limited conceptions of human feeling, and this movie gracefully explores - without gloss or varnish - the joys and the pains of what follows in consequence. Any middle-aged person who's ever felt the stirrings of attraction for a younger person will sympathize with the magnetic pull of this dynamic, and any young person who's ever felt attracted to a more mature person will likewise know the feeling of wanting to "own" that person and monopolize their attention.

And anyone who's ever experienced any kind of affair will know about the tribulations that can result, due to the expectations and attitudes of others.
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