There was some early confusion as to where “Adore” would screen once it made it’s way to the Seattle market. Initially scheduled to unspool at SIFF Cinema Uptown, the film - based on a novella by Noble Prize winner Doris Lessing - suddenly was bumped down the road to the smaller movie house at SIFF Film Center. The move had nothing to do with the expected interest for the film, it was just that SIFF already had several films at the larger Uptown venue that were enjoying a healthy dose of box office success.
But as fate would have it “Lee Daniels’ The Butler” made an unexpected exit from the Uptown schedule (don’t worry, there are more than a dozen theaters in the area where you can still see this Oscar buzz-ladened movie) and “Adore” found its way back to Uptown to get the full big screen treatment it deserves.
Early reactions to the film have been mixed but the one thing that you can’t deny about “Adore” is the film’s beauty. Shot in lush 35mm Cinescope this film is drenched in beautiful land and seascapes, beautiful homes, and beautiful people.
But is this film, like beauty, more than skin deep? Absolutely.
Orginally trotted out with the title of “Two Mothers” this film focuses on two Australian women who have formed an inseparable bond through the years - from combing the beaches as young girls, to college bound kids, and finally to married life with children.
It all sounds like a scene that might be captured in a Norman Rockwell painting. That is, at least until these two moms find themselves engaged in ongoing affairs with each other’s sons. Given the intense relationship and emotional bond that the two moms (played by Robin Wright and Naomi Watts) develop over the course of their lives the situation is not necessarily as far fetched - or extreme as it may sound.
Like any form of beauty, cracks can - and will - be found in the facade and “Adore” does not escape without some flaws showing through. But on the whole the emotional and physical world that director Anne Fontaine creates in “Adore” is worth catching on the big screen.