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The Adored [DVD]

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  • Actors: Laura Martin-Simpson, Ione Butler, Jake Maskall, Caroline Burns Cooke
  • Directors: Carl Medland, Amarjeet Singh
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Bad Cat
  • DVD Release Date: 24 Feb 2014
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00GO5I05C
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 11,837 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mr AJ on 21 Feb 2014
Format: DVD
This film was very impressive. The sexual desire, mystery and suspense played out by the two leading ladies is what really drives the film and keeps you on the edge of your seat. Not just your average gay and lesbian movie, this film is original and challenges some of the perceptions of gay cinema.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mark smith on 21 Feb 2014
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I loved the performances in the adored, this film always keeps you guessing what's going to happen next , great chemistry , very thrilling and seductive , the story was clever and the scenery was amazing .
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This is a clever film that had me captivated from the start. Francesca, is seductive and mysterious and unpredictable in nature. I was always wondering what was going to happen next and didn't want the film to end. There is passion between the two woman but you find yourself guessing that all is not as it seems. The ending confirms this with a twist that I wasn't expecting. The film left me considering what had really happened but this is much down to interpretation. However, my interpretation was that Francesca and her man had known each other from the beginning and had set Aida up. An excellent lesbian film and totally original with good acting and a great plot.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Not Sure if They Pulled it Off 13 Sep 2013
By Terese: The Novelist - Published on
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I get what the writers, director, etc were going for in this movie, but I'm not sure if they pulled it off.
There was obviously a little build-up of suspense, which was great. But it did become a bit tedious as Maia, the model, was just TOO naive. She didn't seem to pick up on anything that was going on, which was odd because Frankie, the photographer, did a really good job of being just creepy/seductive enough to raise some red flags.
If the audience could see it, she should have been able to see it. So the fact that things kept plodding along as usual was unrealistic to me.
The other plot line with the therapy session was fine, I suppose, but it didn't add enough. Having seen the movie, I know why it was set up that way, but it could have been done much better.
Overall, this doesn't qualify to be a REAL thriller. I love the ambiguity and unanswered questions they threw in, but that alone isn't enough to make it good enough to recommend.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Interesting Character Study Leaves A Few Unanswered Questions In Its Finale 29 July 2013
By E. Lee Zimmerman - Published on
We, as people, are always the most curious puzzles, and I think that's because we're always prone - at certain stages or periods in our lives - to do something in character that causes us unintentional harm. As much as we like to believe we're all creatures of fate, that old rub called `free will' inevitably forces us into dark alleys or (worse) the darker recesses of our mind where we think strange thoughts. Some of us even act on those strange thoughts, and that no doubt might lead us down into even darker alleys or into even darker places where the way back is either too treacherous to find or no longer the lesser of evils.

In many respects, that's the ground trod in THE ADORED, a character study of two women (and maybe even one man) that only flirts usefully with the kind of desolation we all shackle ourselves under in some way, shape, or form.

(NOTE: The following review will contain minor spoilers necessary solely for the discussion of plot and characters. If you're the kind no reader who prefers a review entirely spoiler-free, then I'd encourage you to skip down to the last three paragraphs for my final assessment. If, however, you're accepting of a few modest hints at `things to come,' then read on ...)

Maia (played by a comely Ione Butler) is a model who's lost in her game. A recent tragedy in her life has put her at odds with her own desires and wishes, and it's even caused tremendous difficulty in her marriage. Francesca (Laura Martin-Simpson) is a photographer seeking `the next hot model' as a cure for her own depression, and, thus, our two ladies are thrown together. Francesca invites Maia to her countryside home where they can get away, snap photos, and share in their grief, all with hopes of discovering something other than their respective emptinesses. But is that something they can do? Is it something both truly want to do?

THE ADORED is more about the lives of these two women - the choices they've made, the struggles they've fought - than it is anything else. Writer Jody Medland's script strives to achieve greater relevance by attaching another character - a man named Adrian (an angry Jake Maskall) - and his therapist, though all the while keeping Adrian's affiliations in doubt (until the very end, of course), but those secondary relationships are never as important (or as vivid) as the stories connecting our two girls. They're both toting a load that's become too heavy to carry - Maia's appears to be far more personal than Francesca, but "appears" is the operative word - and the effects are manifesting themselves in several different ways.

For example, Maia has begun living out another life. Her waking moments sees her adopting a different personality - one more loving, more adventurous, more vivacious than the person she is otherwise. By contrast, Francesca's OCD has left her deliberately following her guest about her house re-adjusting anything even modestly disturbed. Once the photographer begins acting like a therapist, it becomes clear that there's much more to this relationship that she wants than Maia is willing to give, and this serves as the catalyst for Francesca to make it happen.

Adrian's story feels less authentic, so much so I'd question what purpose anyone (writer, director, anyone) thought it served to the narrative. The film's A story (the women) is told over a clear passage of time, while all of the B story (Adrian's) is plucked from the same meeting with his therapist. As such, the inclusion of these scenes tended to pull me out of the events of the ladies - wining, dining, pining, etc. - until Adrian's emergence in the final act (when Maia truly finds herself between a rock and a hard place). In fact, it feels very much like it was intended to be a `twist ending,' but, for the life of me, I can't figure out what the message (or the purpose) that `twist' delivered.

THE ADORED (2012) is produced by Discovery Films UK. DVD distribution (stateside) is being handled through Ariztical Entertainment. As for the technical specifications, the film looks and sounds very solid consistently, and there's some nice, intimate cinematography in both the public and more private settings and locations. Sadly, the disc comes with no special features, and this is exactly the kind of film that could've benefitted from a commentary track or (minimally) a conversation with the cast and crew to enlighten those of us wanting to know a bit more about the story's particulars.

RECOMMENDED. At its heart, THE ADORED has an interesting character study of two women in conflict despite the appearance otherwise. They're both driven toward something they can see - some form of happiness - but it remains curiously out of reach. How they deal with that grim reality further defines them, but, alas, as is often the case in stories of this nature neither has what it takes to escape without their being some necessary tragedy. That's why I would've liked the picture to have gone on for a few minutes more - to explore the outcome of lessons learned from their bad decisions - though that probably wasn't the story the filmmakers set out to tell.

In the interests of fairness, I'm pleased to disclose that the fine folks at Ariztical Entertainment provided me with a DVD copy of THE ADORED by request for the expressed purpose of completing this review.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Great tension 23 July 2013
By J. Lloyd - Published on
I think the tension that builds throughout the movie is incredibly intelligent. The performances of the actors is a testament to the writing and direction of what is a rather emotional journey.
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The Deadly Object Of My Affection 6 Feb 2014
By Taheen Lopez - Published on
Photographer Francesca builds Maia's confidence while having to control her own obsessive and sexual desires towards Maia. As they spend more time together, Maia becomes the object of her obsession and things slowly spiral out of control.
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