Adore (also known as Adoration; previously known as Two
Mothers and Perfect Mothers) is a 2013 Australian-French
drama film directed by Anne Fontaine. The film is based
on a novella by British writer Doris Lessing called The
The original title of the film was Two Mothers and it
premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival under this
In New South Wales, two young girls, Roz and Lil grow up
in a town. Roz and Lil have been best friends from the
time they were very young. Years later, both are well
into adulthood, Lil''s husband Theo, dies in a car
accident and she is left to raise her young son, Ian,
alone. Roz is married to a drama professor, Harold.
Harold and Roz have a young son together, Tom. Roz and
Lil, and to a minor extent Harold encourage the
friendship that already exists between their sons to
become deeper. Roz, in a way, steps up to the plate and
becomes almost something of a 2nd mother to Ian. Her
friendship with Lil deepens to that of sisterhood. Lil,
Roz, Harold, Ian, and Tom live near the beach.
Years later Tom and Ian are about 19 to 20 years old and
they are still close. Harold applies for and is offered
a job in Sydney without telling Roz. It becomes obvious
that while Roz''s friendship with Lil has deepened over
the years Harold and Roz have grown apart. He expects
Roz to move to Sydney with him, however, she hesitates.
Despite himself, Ian becomes seriously attracted to Roz.
One night he looks at her and it is obvious that his
feelings toward her have changed. Ian starts making,
slow and mildly casual advances towards Roz, like just
looking into her eyes briefly, but potently. Roz,
despite herself, starts flirting back in the same
manner. Saul, a man who has been after Lil for a long
time, gets blown off by her again. One night Ian, Tom,
Roz, and Lil are having dinner together. Roz and Ian
flirt and watch Lil and Tom dance together. That night
Tom has a little too much to drink. Ian goes back to the
main house, where there is a guestroom that is basically
Ian''s room every time he stays over. Ian kisses Roz, and
although she is hesitant the two of them end up going to
his room together.