Adore (Adoration/Perfect Mothers) Tuesday, 31 March 2020

Adore (Adoration/Perfect Mothers)

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    MA15+: Strong sex scenes and coarse language.

  • The pitch:

    Unbeli-oedipal.

  • Starring:

    Robin Wright, Naomi Watts, Xavier Samuel, Ben Mendelsohn, James Frecheville, Sophie Lowe, Jessica Tovey, Gary Sweet, Alyson Standen

  • Directed by:

    Anne Fontaine

  • Running time:

    111 minutes

  • Rated:

    MA15+ (Australia), 15 (UK), R (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE:

    People are punched, wrestled, slapped, near-drowned. Surfing accident. Blood/gore: Bloody gash. Bandage. Leg in traction.

  • SEX/NUDITY:

    Frequent sexual intercourse (different couples). Kissing, flirting, caressing. Previous relationships discussed. Infidelity, adultery. Swimwear, beachwear, skimpy clothing, plunging necklines. Shirtless men, naked male bums, woman in underwear, nude (implied) couple between sheets. Half-naked woman (genitals visible). Fully nude women seen from behind. Cleavage.

  • VICES/DRUG USE:

    Alcohol (wine, beer, spirits, shots, champagne). Smoking (cigarettes). Smoking marijuana referenced.

  • LANGUAGE:

    C-word (barely audible), f-words, bastard, wanker. Name-calling. Derogatory term for homosexuals, frequent references to mistaken sexuality. Religious exclamation.

  • THEMES:

    Friends, family, surfing, beach life, inappropriate relationships, infidelity, revenge, narcissism, single parenting, age differences, resentment, consequences, morality, truth, love, ageing, rehabilitation, mother-son relationships, grandmothers, taboo subjects.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS:

    Deceased husband/father, estranged husband/father, second family, pregnancy, adultery. Wedding, church, funeral, cemetery, hospital settings. Dolphins. Based on the novella The Grandmothers by Doris Lessing. Alternative titles are Perfect Mothers and Two Mothers.

  • CRITICS LIKE:

    Fascinating, odd, provocative, sympathetic, allegorical, engrossing, engaging, decadent, intimate, tender, compelling, dangerous. Controversial premise, brave performances, perfectly cast, idyllic location.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE:

    Unlikely, overlong, bland, clunky, breathless, deplorable, one-note, episodic, absurd, ludicrous, melodramatic, miscalculated, shallow, superficial. Some dreadful dialogue, takes itself way too seriously, lacks variety, lacks passion.

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