DVD Review – The Adopted (VIDEO)
Released on Monday by Studiocanal is the French drama and directional debut from Melanie Laurant, The Adopted. Scott shares his thoughts – Video Style
OK so this isn’t the best review you will ever see, but it is something I may look into doing more in the future. Yes I look silly, yes I fumble my words, I am very nervous so you will have to forgive me, they will only get better.
Without further a do here is my video review of The Adopted
For those unable to watch the video review, here is my written review…
Laurent may well be best known as an actress, but with The Adopted she shows that she has a deft eye for both direction and also a canny sense of humour (as she also co-wrote the screenplay).
Set in Lyon, France the film follows a trio of strong women in a family unit – Millie the handsome and hard drinking Mother; her biological and cynical daughter Lisa (played by Laurent, she is a busy girl huh?), and the emotional adopted daughter Marine. Lisa has a young son from a father who has long since left and the trio have little time for men in their lives until Alex, a restaurant critic who stumbles into Marine’s bookshop and a romance blossoms. This completely upsets the fine balance of life within the family as Marine is less in need of conversation, support and most importantly love from her Mother and Sister. Lisa is initially resentful of Alex who she blames for the family unrest, until, tragedy strikes and forces her to try and accept him in their family unit.
The tragic accident is the epicenter that the rest of the film revolves. It also very neatly and precisely cuts the film into two halves, both with a very distinct and different feel – The first half is light and whimsical and full of romance much like Marine, the second is more like Lisa, deeper, darker and a lot more grounded, as you would expect of a hard working single Mother.
The three female characters are all strong and light up the screen, but what is nice to see is that Alex, played by Denis Menochet (also from Inglorious Basterds) manages NOT to be lost in the background. In fact it is he that brings the film to life with his determination not to be bullied out of Marine’s life by the oppressive brood of Millie.
Laurent does a fine job of keeping the story going with some beautiful shots and neat direction. At times the film may be a little to quaint and twee in the first half, but this is perfectly balanced out in the second. All in all it is a good debut behind the camera from the French actress.
THE ADOPTED IS RELEASED ON MONDAY 2ND APRIL ON DVD AND BLU-RAY BY STUDIOCANAL
About The Author – Scott Lawlor
Chief Editor of FRC. A self confessed geek with an unhealthy thirst for all things Home Cinema. Whether it is the latest Action film or Subwoofer. Check out his home set up HERE
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