The Adopted

The Adopted

The story of a family of women whose lives are never easy but who, over time, manage to surmount their difficulties. There is little place for men in their lives so of course, when one of them falls in love, their world is thrown off balance. Everybody tries their best to find a new equilibrium. But fate barely gives them the chance to catch their breath before throwing them into a whole new reality. Once again, the family has to start over. The adoption process must once again get underway. 2.4 out of 5 based on 10 reviews
The Adopted

Omniscore:

Certificate 15
Genre Drama
Director Mélanie Laurent
Cast Denis Menochet, Clémentine Célarié, Mélanie Laurent Marie Denarnaud
Studio Studio Canal UK
Release Date February 2012
Running Time 100 mins
 

The story of a family of women whose lives are never easy but who, over time, manage to surmount their difficulties. There is little place for men in their lives so of course, when one of them falls in love, their world is thrown off balance. Everybody tries their best to find a new equilibrium. But fate barely gives them the chance to catch their breath before throwing them into a whole new reality. Once again, the family has to start over. The adoption process must once again get underway.

Reviews

Empire Magazine

Ian Freer

For 30 minutes it is idiosyncratic if familiar stuff, sharing DNA with Miranda July and Mike Mills. Yet the new status quo is disrupted by an artfully handled cataclysmic event that redefines the relationships. It may be too saccharine for some, but Laurent elicits strong performances from her cast.

20/02/2012

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The Financial Times

Nigel Andrews

Harmless, whimsical, a little long-winded: While You Were Sleeping without Sandra Bullock but with extra Gallic chic.

23/02/2012

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Time Out

Anna Smith

A calling card for Laurent, who displays a flair for character-based humour as well as strong visual direction. But it may be that audiences – like her characters – wish life could have just gone on as normal.

21/02/2012

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The Times

The Times

This is a fascinating beginning for Laurent, and it’s a shame she lets the film descend into floaty pretension and soft rock at the end.

24/02/2012

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The Observer

Philip French

It's a wispy, tasteful, mildly touching, very French affair.

26/02/2012

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The Independent on Sunday

Nicholas Barber

The film degenerates into a self-indulgent wallow, but Laurent, who's still just 29, shows skill and imagination as a director.

26/02/2012

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Total Film

Tom Dawson

Glossy but saccharine, hammering home its coming-to-terms-with-life message as Laurent steers the story into contrived tragic waters.

13/02/2012

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The Sunday Times

Edward Porter

Almost every shot involves an artful camera angle, a gauzy refraction or the sort of pure-white sunlight often seen in lifestyle advertising. In many cases, these techniques are applied without apparent rhyme or reason, as if at random, and the overall effect is to distract us from the story, rather than enhance it.

26/02/2012

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The Guardian

Peter Bradshaw

It has the feel of a 1990s relationship drama, which might remind Brits of the television series Cold Feet.

23/02/2012

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The Independent

Anthony Quinn

There are few things more soul-destroying than the movie which insists on how much you should love its characters.

24/02/2012

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