Disclaimer: This is not a review full of spoilers. Here I will only offer my thoughts and recommend it based on certain criteria. You must watch the movie for yourself and enjoy it in all of its pure, unfiltered, brand new glory.
A couple months ago my friends were discussing this independent film set in Australia where two best friends fall in love with each others’ sons—naturally, my first reaction was “What?!” Despite my innate aversion, they seemed to love, or should I say “adore,” the movie and raved about how phenomenal it was. However, their positive reviews weren’t strong enough to convince me.
Then one day my best friend and I were scrolling through Netflix and happened upon Adore, said film about forbidden love. We both recognized how ridiculous the plot was, but we watched it anyway. Aside from the gist of the film, I won’t say more. All I will say is that the film was at times as disturbing as one can imagine, yet as endearing as one cannot imagine. My best friend and I weirdly sympathized with the otherwise perverted mothers and wanted the weird relationships to work out. It’s a psychologically troubling movie to say the least.
Adore boasts incredible scenery that makes viewers want to travel to Australia immediately and break ties with their previous lives: it’s that stunning. The beauty of the protagonists adds to the allure of the film, as well as the impracticality of the plot. Two beautiful, middle-aged women who look like 20-year-olds who fall in love with two teenage boys who look like GQ models. The plot itself, as previously explained, is pretty bizarre and moves relatively slowly. Yet the ending of the film happens super quickly and when it ends abruptly, you think, “Was that it? Did it end? Is there more?” All in all, I’m still kind of conflicted about the movie…
If you’ve seen Adore, please let me know your thoughts below! Or if you have any recommendations for independent films, comment as well!
Actors: Naomi Watts, Robin Wright, Xavier Samuel, James Frecheville