September 6th 2013
  • Drama,
  • R,
  • 100 min,
  • Other
  • Cast: Robin Wright, Naomi Watts, Xavier Samuel, Ben Mendelsohn, Sophie Lowe, James Frecheville, Jessica Tovey, Gary Sweet, Alyson Standen, Dane Eade, Charlee Thomas, Scott Pirlo, Isaac Cocking
  • Director: Anne Fontaine
  • Writer: Christopher Hampton
  • Producers: Philippe Carcassonne, Michel Feller, Barbara Gibbs, Andrew Mason
  • Co Producers: Dominique Besnehard, Francis Boespflug
  • Executive Producers: Sidonie Dumas, Troy Lum, Naomi Watts
  • Art Direction: Sophie Nash
  • Castings: Nikki Barrett, Antonia Dauphin
  • Costume Design: Joanna Park
  • D.O.P.: Christophe Beaucarne
  • Editors: Luc Barnier, Ceinwen Berry
  • Makeup: Shane Thomas
  • Music: Christopher Gordon
  • Production Designs: Annie Beauchamp, Steven Jones-Evans
  • Set Decoration: Sara Mathers


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 sons. Afraid of facing the ire and judgment of their insular 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.

Basic Information

  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Filming Locations: Seal Rocks, Australia; Sydney, Australia
  • MPAA Warning: Sexual content and language
  • Production Budget: $16 million
  • Production Companies: Gaumont, Screen Australia, Hopscotch Features, Mon Voisin Productions, France 2 Cinéma, Screen NSW, France Télévisions, Canal+, Ciné+

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2013 Guide Analysis: "For every film that scores a great reaction at Sundance, there is at least one or two more that fall on their face. Sadly this year it looks as if Anne Fontaine's adaptation of Doris Lessing novella about inappropriate romance has become the cockroach in the Park City salad. All the reviews so far have been mixed at best, while a few haven't been particularly kind to this story of two female best friends who each fall in love with the other's early twenty-something son.

Set against an idyllic Australian coastal town, Watts and Wright play single mothers who have formed an inseparable bond after the latter's husband died. Each has also spawned a handsome and ripped surfer dude for a son, and all four get along famously as good friends. Things take a turn as they start to pair off into couplings. While they are all aware that the relationships are ultimately doomed, they enjoy them all the same. Yes, it's basically that SNL "Motherlover" skit with Justin Timberlake and Andy Samberg, only this one is played as a drama.

"Coco Before Chanel" director Fontaine's first English-language feature features plenty of flesh with the cast spending much of the time only in swimwear, though actual sex in the film is fairly minimal. Reports from the premiere screening of the film claim it drew a fair amount of unintentional laughter. Yet, those who can buy into the ridiculous premise have praised certain elements, especially the performances and chemistry of Samuel and Wright together. It is the kind of film that looks like it could get big rental numbers when it hits disc and VOD."

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Worldwide Release Dates

  • 3 April 2013: Belgium, France
  • 11 April 2013: Argentina
  • 18 April 2013: Kuwait
  • 2 May 2013: Israel
  • 16 May 2013: Netherlands
  • 30 May 2013: Greece
  • 7 June 2013: Brazil
  • 21 June 2013: Poland
  • 25 July 2013: Portugal
  • 22 August 2013: South Korea
  • 29 August 2013: Hong Kong
  • 30 August 2013: Estonia
  • 6 September 2013: Finland
  • 10 October 2013: Denmark
  • 14 November 2013: Australia
  • 15 November 2013: Spain