So two nights ago, Fangirls, I some how stumbled upon quite an interesting movie on Netflix. It seemed like just my type of bad forbidden love story movie. Even if they’re terrible, I just love watching movies about weird love / sex stories, for the sake of both getting a laugh & observing the weird places sexuality takes you sometimes. I thought the would be awful, but I found myself very wrapped up in the story line and enjoying the movie quite a bit. Until the ending, of course.
Get ready for a whole lot of spoilers, Fangirls! If you want to watch & experience this movie for yourself, I’d turn back now.
Adore is an Australian movie, with some pretty well known actresses as the two leads which at first glance I hadn’t realized. Naomi Watts & Robin Wright play Lill and Roz, two long time best friends. The movie opens showing them as children playing on the beach. We see them grow up in these great transitions that happen all through out the movie. A lot of trick of the eye, one moment they’re this age, the next they’re older sort of thing. I think it’s great for a movie like this which takes place over a pretty long period of time. It makes things more fluid.
So, Lill and Roz grow up together, they get married to some gents, and each have a son. Lill’s husband dies, and life carries on, she doesn’t remarry. The two families live right down the road from each other, in these beautiful coastal houses. Most of this movie takes place in the houses or right below them on the beach, it’s such a beautiful place. The boys grow up to be very handsome & nice young men, and the four of them are very close, eating dinner & drinking wine together almost every night. Roz’s husband gets offered a job in Sydney, and when she explains to him that she and her son Tom are very happy at their house, he leaves for Sydney without them.
Meanwhile, there’s a whole lot going on in the background. Ian, Lill’s son, is often seen with his eye caught on Roz. They share a lot of glances, share a lot of cigarettes, it’s easy to tell where this is going. One night, he makes a move, and Roz doesn’t stop him. Tom see’s his mother leaving Ian’s room, and decides to go pay Lill a visit. I don’t like that seems to originally do this almost out of anger at Ian, like you banged my mom, now I’ll bang yours. But I think what they’re meaning to show is that Tom was also harboring feelings for Lill, and he took Ian & his mother engaging as a go ahead for him to do the same. So, they all end up talking about these affairs that they’ve began with each other’s son’s, and agree that they should stop. But of course, they don’t, and two years goes by. The four of them all seem very happy. Living on this beach all in love & stuff.
But Tom goes to Sydney for a month to work on a play. There, he begins an affair with the lead in the play. When he returns home, everyone finds out, and Roz & Lill decided they need to call it quits on their relationship with the boys. Ian is very upset by this, because he doesn’t feel he should be punished for Tom’s actions.
Some more years go by, Tom marries the actress, Ian unhappily finds a girl, and they both have a daughter. But, Tom once again fucks everything up when he begins his affair with Lill once again. Ian sees them, and loses his shit. He tells everyone of their affair, and of his affair with Roz. Their wives leave with their children, never to be seen again. There’s a lot of emotions, friendships questioned, it’s hard to tell which direction things will go in.
Then, we cut to a scene of Ian swimming out to the dock where the four often laid out together. He climbs up on top, and we find the other three there. Tom, Lill, and Roz, and then Ian joins them. They all seem very happy. But, they’re laying somewhat spaced out, leaving things open ended. They’re all laying together, but they’re not cuddling up to one another. So, did they all end up together? Are they just a happy family again? The world will never know, and I will be forever angry.
I wanted them all to end up dating again. They were all so happy, I didn’t see why it all had to end. I’m also a sucker for happy, cheesy, endings. Sexuality is a weird thing, but I think they ended up fighting it too much. I think they ended the movie open because they didn’t want to make too much of a statement about relationships of that sort, with a much older and much younger person. They didn’t want to condone or condemn it. All of it did get me thinking though that if the genders of this movie were all switched around, and the two older characters were men and their children were women, I think this would be a very different movie. So suck on that for a bit and have a nice ponder about gender & our world. It’s interesting stuff.
Though it aggravated me very much, I recommend Adore very much. For the view of the beach, if anything. But it really does make you think about a lot, and I think that they went about a lot of it pretty accurately, more than just for movie shock factor stuff. I think the movie all around was pretty well done, it’s very fluid. The acting was great, the movie didn’t drag at all. I feel that there wasn’t a second misspent in this movie, which isn’t so easy to find. So, check it out, Fangirls! And let me know what you thought of that bogus ending once you see the whole movie for yourself!
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