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Adoration

The ‘lovers on the run’ genre is reimagined as childhood fairytale in this darkly unsettling odyssey from the acclaimed director of Calvaire and Alleluia.

Dir Fabrice du Welz
Prod Vincent Tavier, Manuel Chiche, Violaine Barbaroux
Scr Fabrice du Welz, Romain Protat, Vincent Tavier
With Thomas Gioria, Fantine Harduin, Benoît Poelvoorde
Belgium-France
2019
98min
Sales Memento Films International
With English subtitles

12-year-old Paul lives an isolated existence with his mother, who works at a private psychiatric hospital in the woods near their house. One day, Paul encounters a young teen named Gloria, a mysterious new patient with whom he quickly becomes infatuated. As the fledgling pair forge a tentative friendship, Gloria convinces Paul to help her escape. But when they embark on a perilous journey together, his devotion is put to the test as Gloria’s dangerous unpredictability gradually starts to surface. Driven by two hypnotic performances from its young stars, Fabrice du Welz’s wistful, breathtakingly beautiful tale of dangerous obsession frequently recalls the dreamlike poetry of The Night of the Hunter, whilst still betraying that brutal edge which made his nightmarish debut Calvaire such a cause célèbre.

Michael Blyth


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