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on: January 30, 2020, 01:20:56 AM

Paul is a 12 year old boy who lives with his mother, a nurse working at a mental institution in the middle of a forest. While visiting his mother at the clinic, Paul crosses paths with Gloria, a schizophrenic teenager, and falls in love with her to the point that he decides to help her escape at all costs after she commits a crime. The pair embarks on a trip across the Ardennes woods which will reveal the extent of Gloria’s dangerous madness and Paul’s devotion to her.

Directed by Fabrice du Welz (Calvaire)
Release Date - TBD

Elena Lazic raved about it and interviewed the film's director for Mubi

Quote from: Elena Lazic
Belgian director Fabrice du Welz is known for his extremely violent and gory films, which typically reach a fever-pitch of intensity if they do not start from an already nerve-wracking place. His aesthetic project is one of confrontation, and his interest lies in exploring limit-experiences of intense emotions and sensations, of the kind which produce both psychological and physical pain. Already in his phenomenal 1999 short film A Wonderful Love (Quand on est amoureux, c’est merveilleux), he centers on an ordinary and unassuming woman, living in a disgusting apartment, who “falls in love” with the corpse of a male stripper she accidentally murdered. It is gruesome, funny, sweet, and disturbing all at the same time. His early feature films were part of a similar project and share this wonderful, productive collision of tones, Calvaire (2004) projecting the psychosexual hang-ups of its main character onto a brutish fight for survival in a rural hellscape, Vinyan (2008) following a grieving couple looking for their son in the hostile Myanmar jungle, and Alléluia (2014) telling a darkly funny love story between murderers inspired by the Lonely Hearts Killers. After encountering significantly less success with much bigger budgets and much more conventional films (2014’s French cop thriller Colt 45 and the 2016 American revenge flick Message from the King), Du Welz has scaled things back and returned to his origins in Adoration. Like his most accomplished films, Adoration tells a disturbing love story, but by contrast, it is almost entirely devoid of blood and gore. Its confrontational aspect lies not in the intensity of violence, but in that of love.


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Reply #1 on: January 30, 2020, 01:28:53 AM
was just thinking about this guy the other day!