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Adore: In which some sons fuck some mothers.
by Charles Mudede
THE TWO FILMS I have watched by the Luxembourg-born and France-based director Anne Fontaine—2008's The Girl from Monaco and 2011's My Worst Nightmare—did not in any way prepare me for the beauty and enchantments of her first English-language (Aussie English, that is) movie, Adore. It's not that her earlier films were bad, but they certainly were not cinematic. (To explain what I mean by cinematic: It is to synthesize the primary resources—music, image, drama, writing, narrative—of moviemaking into a consistent mood, tone, and movement. There are certainly other meanings out there, but this is all that I mean.)
With Adore, two middle-aged mothers, Roz and Lil (Robin Wright and Naomi Watts, respectively), who are old friends and neighbors in a seaside paradise located not far from Sydney, fall in love with each other's sons. The sons, Ian and Tom (Xavier Samuel and James Frechevill
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