The Adopted (Les adoptés) (2011)
Critic Reviews for The Adopted (Les adoptés)
'The Adopted' serves as a calling card for Laurent, who displays a flair for character-based humour as well as strong visual direction.
Never develops into an engaging portrait of love and loss among a trio of thirty-something Frenchies.
Has all the hallmarks of a trying-too-hard-to-be-playful indie: freeze frames of characters posing glumly in playgrounds, slo-mo hospital sequences, along with a few too many close ups and cute kiddie scenes.
The longer The Adopted runs for the lazier and more mawkish it becomes, ending at last on what has to be a very, very strong contender for the year's worst final shot.
Audience Reviews for The Adopted (Les adoptés)
Current French Belle Du Jour Melanie Laurent makes her directorial debut with this turgid melodrama. It has more in common with those awful English indie dramas of the noughties than contemporary French cinema. A highly unlikable bunch of Parisians with fantasy bohemian careers mope around while one of them lies in a coma. You'll be wishing for the plug to be pulled yourself.
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