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|Adored - Diary of a Porn Star|
Actors: Marco Filiberti, Urbano Barberini, Alessandra Acciai, Rosalinda Celentano, Francesca d'Aloja
Director: Marco Filiberti
Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama, Gay & Lesbian
They say you make your own family, but that doesn't keep you from having to deal with your own flesh and blood. In ADORED, Riki, a risqu and well-known Italian gay porn star attends the funeral of his affluent father, wh... more »
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Jeff I. from KANSAS CITY, MO
Reviewed on 1/29/2010...
I'm no movie critic, but found this to be interesting and possibly illuminating for some if they wonder about the effect of the porn industry on its participants. Some nice human interest and relationship dynamics.
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A Brilliant Debut Film Embracing Love, Family and Gender
Grady Harp | Los Angeles, CA United States | 11/02/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"ADORED (or "Poco piu di un anno fa") is a superb film that smacks of brilliance on every level. The fact that this is the writing, directing AND acting debut of Marco Filiberti should alert the cinema world that a major talent has arrived. This is a film about a very lovable young man who just happens to be a gay porn star and how that choice of career affects his life, his family, his philosophy, and his impact on all those around him.
The film opens with some odd commentators who we find are being utilized for a documentary in the year 2014 on the life of Riki 'Kandinsky' (Marco Filiberti). The men making the film are steered by one 'Pietro'. We discover that Riki Soldani was born in France to a wealthy, stuffy family, but fled to Rome when his mother died, leaving his brother Federico (Urbano Barberini) and his father behind. In Rome Riki Soldani becomes Riki Kandinsky, the most sought after male porn star in Italy, lusted after for his muscular good looks, his infamously grand sexual equipment, and his scintillating sexuality. Riki is not a hustler, though he does frequent bars and bathhouses for his gratification. His friends include a fellow porn star Claudio (Claudio Vanni) and a loopy female named Luna ((Rosalinda Celentano). He lives in a splendid home, is obviously making a lot of money, and yet he is not partnered: Riki believes relationships, even with men, are too transient and are doomed from the start.
We are in the year 2002 and when Riki's father dies, he goes back to France to his home, where his family cannot accept his lifestyle. He returns to Rome, convinced he is alone in the world except for his extended family in the porn industry. Soon Federico follows him to Rome to implore the wealthy Riki to help resolve the fact that their father's death left mountains of debt, the family mansion being the only viable asset. Federico confronts Riki about his 'disgusting life', but to Riki's credit he brings Federico to a point where Federico is not only accepting, but embracing Riki's friends and occupational life!
When Riki observes an auto accident that kills a Lesbian mother, leaving her young son an orphan, Riki is at last touched by a 'fellow-traveler': young 'Plapla' (his real name is Pietro) understands the gay world despite his young years and longs to have Riki as his foster parent, much to the chagrin of his grandparents who barely know this son of a lesbian daughter. Federico assists Riki in his efforts to obtain guardianship, but the attempt is unsuccessful.
The film's conclusion is unpredicted and the life of Riki Kandinsky is the raison d'etre for the documentary we observed at the beginning of the movie. And you must see this magical film for yourself to tie all the threads together!
Though many will find aspects of the film bordering on the surreal or pushing credibility over the edge, Marco Filiberti has produced so much food for thought, tender discussions about acceptance of who we are, our need for connection, and a 'fabulous' look into the gay porn industry, that those who are not moved by this film will be few. The cinematography, costumes, set decor, music, and above all, the acting is all of the very highest caliber.
Filiberti has a unique method of storytelling that gives notice of a true creative mind on his initial venture. Not only is he a fine writer and a very fine director, he is a feast for the eyes and an actor whose magnetism in front of the camera is impossible to ignore. By all means this is a film to see and purchase, as it is one of the 'sleeper giants' of the year. Grady Harp, November 2004
A hot, clinching story about family, sex work, money, and lo
queer movie lover | 11/17/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
""Adored" is a fabulous tale of a gay porn star trying to balance his
"adored," and very lucrative, work life with a reintroduction to being
part of a family and wanting a life outside of porn. The story is
touching, flawless, and sexy, with a provocative message about life in the
sex industry combined with family, love, and timely desires.
Riki is seemingly happy with his life. He is extremely attractive and
lives in a gorgeous apartment in Rome. He lives a life removed from his
family, and has sex for a living. Everything seems perfect to him. Then,
when he has to go home to deal with his father's death and the
subsequential estate money, his simple life away from home and his family
is put to the test. Riki's brother, Federico, a more conservative and
straight man, decides to return to Rome with his brother, and has no idea
what he is in for. He has no idea what his brother does for a living, and
when he finally figures it out, he is blown out of the water. Soon enough,
however, the brothers open lines of communication and begin developing a
remarkable relationship neither saw coming. Then, when an adorable,
charming, smart, open-minded orphan child comes into the picture, both
brothers find themselves craving a family they never thought they'd have.
"Adored," while showing a brilliant and sex-positive glimpse into the gay
porn world, is about far more than just sex and money. It is a beautiful
and fascinating story about family and love, and about stepping outside of
your comfort zone and opening your eyes to new ideas. It's an astounding
film with excellent acting, phenomenal character development, some sexy
scenes, and ultimately, a clinching story that will, no doubt, resonate. A
Not so hot
Roger Paulding | Stafford, TX United States | 05/13/2007
(1 out of 5 stars)
"Big disappointment. The previous reviews must have been written by the producers. There is no excitement in this story, and the feeble attempts to make the main character likeable by having him interact with children is lame. He may be a porn star, but not from what is viewed in this conglomeration of a story."