Anne Fontaine directs the Australian-French film “ADORE” starring Naomi Watts and Robin Wright. The film is based on a novella by British writer Doris Lessing called The Grandmothers. At one point in the film Watt’s character Lil says “We’ve crossed a Line” and that sums up the theme.
What I adore about the film among so many elements including the cinematography, acting, and the score is the taboo subject and boundary pushing subject matter handled in such a beautiful, tender way. Anne Fontaine directed the scenes with an artists brush, cradling those moments that could easily feel licentious into an exploration of true human experience, she lets the audience identify. It’s rather easy to make someone a one-note villain and far harder to make a complex, fallible human being.
Robin Wright radiates with stunning, elegant glamour and Naomi Watts exudes a pure, sensitive beauty that make both their characters portraits of multidimensional women not caricatures.
“Adore” explores a taboo subject in an idyllic, mystical setting of a beach paradise where it seems these two mothers and sons are the only people that exist. At some points although you know it’s wrong, you want their affairs to continue (The mothers are having affairs with each others son) and isn’t that the whole definition of taboo?