My review & pics Naomi Watts, Xavier Samuel “Adore” World Premiere Q&A 2013 Sundance Film Festival

On Saturday, January 19, 2013 I attended the gala World Premiere of Adore (formerly Two Mothers) at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. The sold-out screening was held in the 1270-seat Eccles Theatre. The film was a selection in the Premieres section.

Naomi Watts (King Kong, Mulholland Dr., The Ring), Robin Wright (Beowulf, Moneyball, Unbreakable), Xavier Samuel (The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, The Loved Ones, Anonymous), and James Frecheville (Animal Kingdom, The First Time) star in this Australia/France co-production based on a true story. Adapted from the Doris Lessing novel The Grandmothers, Adore was penned for the screen by Oscar-winning screenwriter Christopher Hampton (Dangerous Liaisons, Atonement, A Dangerous Method). Adore marks the 12th feature effort for French director Anne Fontaine (Coco Before Chanel, Chloe, My Worst Nightmare).

Adore is one of those movies with a deceptively simple premise that many readers may know. For those who don't, however, I won't reveal the logline as it's best discovered as the film unfolds. Watts and Wright are the adorable two mothers. Samuel and Frecheville are their sons.

Visually stunning and filled with steamy eroticism, Adore includes festival favorite Xavier Samuel's best career performance. This was the first title I saw at this year's Sundance Film Festival that left me with no doubt in my mind I'd be placing it on my Top Picks list come festival's end. In fact, right up until the last couple of days, it was one of only three films that I continually praised when asked what my recommendations were. It is one of the most extraordinary films of the year.

Director Anne Fontaine introduced the film along with stars Naomi Watts, Xavier Samuel, and James Frecheville, as well as Producer Andrew Mason. All returned to the stage after the screening for an entertaining Q&A session.

Here are some pictures I shot during the intro and Q&A:

INTRO AND Q&A GALLERY (61 photos on 3 pages)


Following the Sundance premiere, Adore was acquired by Exclusive Releasing for distribution in the U.S. The day-and-date release will bring the film to theaters and On Demand September 6.   



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Larry Richman

Larry Richman

For 20 years I was a professional in the entertainment industry, from commercial broadcast radio in America's fourth largest market to band management to record production. But my passion is independent film, and I spend much of the year traveling to film festivals to see indies and meet the actors, directors, and others responsible for creating them. I'm a writer, photographer, and videographer, currently serving as Senior Vice President for Media & Technology and Public Relations at PROnetworks as well as Editor at

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