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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.

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Anne Fontaine

Writers:

Anne Fontaine (screenplay), Doris Lessing (book) | 3 more credits »
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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 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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Drama | Romance

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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:

$119,806, 8 September 2013

Gross USA:

$318,982

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,575,749
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Naomi Watts is only 15 years older than Xavier Samuel who portrays her son in the film. 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

[last lines]
Ian: [having swum to the raft] Good morning.
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Hearts On Fire
Written by Dan Whitford, Tim Hoey & Mitchell Scott
Performed by Cut Copy
Published by Mushroom Music Publishing Pty Ltd
Under license from Modular Recordings / Universal Music Australia Pty Ltd
Licensed courtesy of Universal Music Australia Pty Ltd
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Stunningly Photographed Love-Story Set in New South Wales
15 March 2014 | by l_rawjalaurenceSee all my reviews

In rural New South Wales, childhood friends and now mothers Roz (Robin Wright) and Lil (Naomi Watts) live a secluded existence. Their life seems idyllic: Roz runs an art-gallery, while Lil apparently does not work but manages quite well to pursue a good life as a widow. As the film develops, however, so both women fall for the other woman's sons: Roz falls in love with Lil's son Tom (James Frechville), and Lil falls in love with Roz's son Ian (Xavier Samuel). Both women try to end their respective affairs - in the belief that they are somehow wrong - but find themselves incapable of doing so, leading to heartache and loss. There are several reasons for watching TWO MOTHERS: the first being the stunning photography of a rural seaside landscape (by Christophe Beaucarne), full of sandy beaches and azure-blue seas. It's hardly surprising that none of the four protagonists really want to leave the place, even though Tom moves briefly to urban Sydney to pursue a career as a theater director. TWO MOTHERS also boasts four excellent performances: Watts and Wright are quite outstanding as the two mothers, their faces beginning to show the signs of middle age, yet retaining much of their youthful vigor. Director Anne Fontaine's camera scrutinizes their features as they ponder the morality of what they are doing, and desperately decide what to do for the best, while remaining true to their instincts. At the end of the film, when they consider what they have done, they do not say much, but the sequence comes across as incredibly poignant: Wright in the foreground, and Watts in the background trying to explain why she did what she did. The third main reason for watching the film is the sparse script - by Fontaine and Christopher Hampton after a work by Doris Lessing. The film makes no judgment on the characters' behavior'; rather it encourages us to reflect on how human emotions work, often in defiance of moral concerns. Perhaps the film is a touch too long - the ending tends to drag a little - but the final image of the four protagonists sitting sunbathing on a wooden raft, the camera placed directly above them, is a memorable one.


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