Adore

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A gripping tale of love, lust, and the power of friendship, Adore charts the unconventional and passionate affairs embarked upon by two lifelong friends, Lil and Roz, who fall in love with each other’s teenage sons. Afraid of facing the wrath and judgment of their insular Australian seaside community, they continue the relationships in secret over the years. Once the affairs are discovered, the revelation threatens to tear apart their lives and those of the young men, who must eventually choose between following a well-worn path or their true desires. Adapted by Oscar-winning screenwriter Christopher Hampton (Dangerous Liaisons) from a novella by Nobel Prize-winning author Doris Lessing, and directed by acclaimed French filmmaker Anne Fontaine (Coco before Chanel), here making her English-language directorial debut, Adore boasts a truly impressive international pedigree. Beautifully acted and meticulously composed, the compelling and thought-provoking film features riveting performances by Naomi Watts and Robin Wright, whose fearless engagement with both the physical and psychological components of the story is breathtaking. Under the precise gaze of Fontaine’s camera, and played out against the sun-glazed beauty of Australia’s East Coast, Adore radiates with sweltering sensuality while wading into the dark waters of forbidden love. (Dir. by Anne Fontaine, 2013, Australia/France, in English, 110 mins., Rated R, Exclusive Media) Digital