Adoration

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    Adoration

    Directed by

    Belgium, France

    2019

    98 min

    • French
    • Dutch

    Drama, Thriller

    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.

    Awards

    • Méliès d'Argent to a Feature Film, Best Photography, Special Jury Prize, Special Mention (Official Fantastic Competition) - Sitges IFFF

    Festivals

    Labels & Line Ups

    Credits

    Cast
    Fantine Harduin
    Thomas Gioria
    Benoît Poelvoorde
    Anaël Snoek
    Peter Van Den Begin
    Charlotte Vandermeersch
    Gwendoline Gourvennec
    Laurent Lucas
    Screenplay
    Vincent Tavier
    Fabrice du Welz
    Romain Protat
    Cinematography
    Manu Dacosse
    Editing
    Anne-Laure Guégan
    Music
    Vincent Cahay
    Production
    PANIQUE!
    Production
    THE JOKERS FILMS
    Sales
    MEMENTO FILMS INTERNATIONAL

    Press

    Adoration functions best as a kind of unorthodox, edgy, two-handed coming-of-ager, following its protagonists along the often disorienting paths of budding sexuality: puppy love meets amour fou.

    Neil Young, The Hollywood Reporter

    Fabrice du Welz

    Fabrice du Welz

    Belgium

    I’ve never wanted to make overtly provocative films. People say I make violent films, but what I actually try to do is explore the issues that fascinate me, issues affecting humanity: the inability to love, to live, to suffer and, simply, to be.

    Graduate of the Conservatory of Dramatic Art of Liège and INSAS in Brussels, Fabrice du Welz quickly made his entrance into television as a screenwriter for LA GRANDE FAMILLE and NULLE PART AILLEURS. His first short, WHEN YOU'RE IN LOVE, IT'S WONDERFUL (1999), already presaged the strong and singular identity of the director. Fabrice began to stand out as figurehead of genre cinema with CALVAIRE (2004), presented at the Critics Week at Cannes, the horror film won the 2005 Jury Prize at the International Critics at Gérardmer.
    He next explored the fantastic with a trip to the Thai jungles in VINYAN (2008), before launching himself into the whodunit with COLT 45 (2014).
    ALLELUIA (2014), a free adaptation of an item in the American news featuring the "Honeymoon Killers," plunges into the meanderings of destructive passion. His latest film, ADORATION (2019) premiered at the Locarno FF.

    Selected Filmography