I’ve been racking my brain trying to think of something interesting to write about this week. It’s tricky because I spent most of the weekend sick in bed.
But then I remembered that during my bed rest, I watched an interesting/bizarre movie called Adore. It stars the beautiful Robin Wright (of Forrest Gump and House of Cards fame) as Roz, and Naomi Watts as Lil.
The plot is pretty wacky. Roz and Lil are childhood friends who grew up and stayed in a beautiful Australian coastal town. (It looks like the NSW coast to me). They each have a son, both of whom have turned into muscular surfer-gods.
Lil’s son Ian (a sensitive soul, whose father has died at the start of the movie) is in love with Roz and manages to seduce her on his second attempt. Meanwhile Roz’s son Tom decides he might as well do the same thing with Lil.
Complications ensue, as one of the boys goes to Sydney and realizes there is such a thing as girls his own age.
It wasn’t an amazing movie. The story line is pretty absurd. The acting is shaky in parts (especially from the less experienced cast members).
But Robin Wright’s Australian accent is admirable. And somehow I still ended up sympathizing with the main characters.
The movie also did a good job at capturing the dreamlike, detached experience you can have living in such a beautiful-yet-isolated place. Overall, I would rate it slightly higher than the score it has received on IMDb (6.2), and much higher than its score on Rotten Tomatoes (4.6).
Then again, perhaps my homesickness for an Australian beach summer is clouding my judgment…
Those of you in the US can watch Adore on Netflix.
It is worth noting that the same movie about a couple of dads sleeping with each other’s 20-year-old daughters would need, at a minimum, to confront the ickiness of the situation. Really, such a movie would be unlikely to make it into theaters, in spite of the commonness of real-life relationships between older men and younger women.