Adoration (2019)

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Avg Rating: 3.3 / 5. Voted: 28

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Directed by: Fabrice du Welz
Starring: Thomas Gioria (Paul), Fantine Harduin (Gloria), Benoit Poelvoorde (Hinkel), Anael Snoek (Mother), Laurent Lucas (Gloria’s uncle)
Country: Belgium, France; Effed Up Belgian Movies
Language: French (Eng Subs); Effed Up French Films
Runtime: 01:42:20
Genres: Misery-Mental Illness, Teen-Childhood

Plot – Spoilers:
A lonely kid, Paul, lives in the woods next to a mental institution where his mother works. Early on, we see he’s been given grown-up chores like reading bedtime stories to mother, while she nuzzles her feet against his chest. He also helps out at the institute, though how exactly, remains unclear. This training to be protective and grown-beyond-his-years will come in handy later.

While hanging around the forest, he meets a young girl, Gloria, who’s been brought to the institute, seemingly against her will. The staff there claim she’s schizophrenic, but she alleges a plot by her uncle to usurp her inheritance. Paul, who’s probably never been near a girl his age, falls in love with her, especially when she pleads with him to save her. He helps her escape and the two runaways embark on an almost surrealistic journey, with the occasional rude bumps and awakenings for Paul, though he prefers to slumber.

When Paul runs away with Gloria, he is not just running with the love of his short life, but also running away from his domineering mother. But is a known devil better than an unknown angel? For Gloria, she doesn’t seem to have anything to look forward to apart from the time to be spent with Paul. And watching him even relax in the company of others can start to grate.

Favorite Moments – Massive Spoilers
Gloria has a terrible sickness. And maybe as part of it comes the overarching need to control Paul, even if she needs to beg to have her way. One of the more subtle moments of this trait comes through when she’s giving him a handjob in an idyllic setting. When he loses his breath, she smiles in satisfaction.

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Lotte Lotte Date
Lotte Lotte Date
March 12, 2024 8:41 pm

I think there should be more movies like this that mix such topics and concepts with a coming of age story, it’s always a good blend I think.
We need more coming of age horror and more violent romance!

fred fat
fred fat
September 16, 2023 8:25 pm

i adore

Old Mother Hubbard
Old Mother Hubbard
September 12, 2023 7:43 pm

Hey everybody. Cole got a gravatar. Look at the comments on “Miss Violence” and scroll down until you see his stupid face on the gravatar and read the comment. It looks like we found out who the spammer is.

Zed Man
Zed Man
September 12, 2023 9:16 am

EUM, what is going on? The last few offerings are all depressing fag and romance stuff. This site is going to the dogs with all this woke shit. Where are the truly fucked up films that you used to put here, things with blood and guts and horror that should be here instead. You go from films like MDPOPE to soppy tear jerking crap all of a sudden. Go figure. After all, the name of this site is ” Effed Up Movies” , isnt it? P.S. Getting ready for the shitstorm about to happen.

Cristiano Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo
September 12, 2023 8:45 am

damn this movie got me gard as fuck I could really bust a nut over someone’s ass right now you fucking sons of bitches ill get my AK 47 styled dick into your brains yall in this page are fucking gay

Old Mother Hubbard
Old Mother Hubbard
September 12, 2023 4:52 am

This is the third in Fabrice Du Welz’s Ardennes trilogy. Out of the three this one received the most praise from the critics and it is my least favorite. It is still a good picture. Fantine Harduin is very convincing as the mentally troubled Gloria. Gloria is a handful to say the least. After a while Gloria’s screeching and blabbering bullshit about hens started to get on my nerves. “Adoration” isn’t as in your face as “Calvaire” and Alleluia.” It takes a more subtle and maybe even poetic approach. You’ll notice that when the credits roll there is still a considerable amount of time left. There is some weirdness after the credits are done that left me scratching my head. I watched this about a year ago and couldn’t totally remember it so I watched it again. I think I liked it better the first time. 4 stars mainly because of Fantine Harduin’s performance.

Heinz Nazijewburner
Heinz Nazijewburner
September 12, 2023 12:16 am

Fuck off,cunt

fred fat
fred fat
September 11, 2023 10:29 pm