Saturday, September 14, 2013
Adore - Perfect Mothers by Anne Fontaine, 2013 (R)
aka Perfect Mothers, from the short novel The Grandmothers by Doris Lessing
with Robin Wright (House of Cards, Breaking and Entering, The Conspirator, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, Moneyball), Naomi Watts (Fair Game, J. Edgar, Dream House), Xavier Samuel (Twilight: Eclipse), James Frecheville, Ben Mendelsohn (Killer Elite), Sophie Lowe, Jessica Tovey, Gary Sweet, Alyson Standen, Skye Sutherland, Sarah Henderson, Isaac Cocking, Brody Mathers
From the screenwriter of Chloe
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.
Robin Wright is definitely belonging to the strong (and fascinating) female characters club! She is amazing, intense and at the same time so guarded. Her friendship requires sacrifices, and you love her no matter her mistakes. She reminds me definitely of Miss Elinor Dashwood, with the convictions so high that sometimes, it disturbs the obvious happiness she could have. I believe Xavier Samuel's character looking at her with such an adoration also projects how amazing she is. Both actors are amazing. Naomi Watts is sometimes overacting, and somehow makes the character weaker, unreal. The relationship she has is meant to be less believable, but in a way, it turns out to be uninteresting, secondary, and it weights on a movie that could be flawless. The story is absolutely heartbreaking, playing with a theme that is outside of the politically correct, which was a great challenge.