The Loving Adults Debate: Is It A Waste Of Time Or A Hidden Gem?

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When ‘Loving Adults‘ landed on Netflix in 2022, it brought with it a surge of reactions. Directed by Barbara Topsøe-Rothenborg, this Danish thriller offers a journey into the tale of infidelity, murder, and revelations. However, opinions about the film are varied. Here’s a comprehensive breakdown.

Plot Highlights of Loving Adults


‘Loving Adults’ has its origins in a Nordic noir novel penned by Anna Ekberg. The narrative focuses on a couple, Christian and Leonora, who are deeply unhappy and resentful in their marriage.

Christian has an affair with Xenia, the architect at his work project. Leonora discovers Christian’s affair and manipulates him into breaking it off. Christian tries to run over Leonora but mistakenly kills another woman.

Leonora learns of Christian’s attempt on her life, and they form a dangerous pact. As the story unfolds, the audience is treated to a maze of crime, betrayal, and unexpected developments.

What Does the Critics Say?


While the film delivers unexpected twists, some critics argue that the foundation of ‘Loving Adults’ is a familiar trope, and while the story does not offer anything particularly new in terms of plotline, its narrative style and performances are commendable.

According to some reviews, director Barbara Topsoe-Rothenborg ensures the plot stays relatively straightforward, avoiding the unintentional camp of other films. Moreover, they argue the plot is neat and tidy, with every detail being significant.

They also claim the film’s style is reminiscent of films like ‘Notes on a Scandal’ and ‘Chloe and consider it more of entertainment than capital-C Cinema. Besides, the movie is equated to a pageturner and can be seen as a guilty pleasure.

Public Response


Some viewers have expressed frustration over perceived plot holes. For instance, a particular critique revolves around overlooked surveillance footage from a local car wash which could have been pivotal in the storyline. A recurring feedback is the believability of the characters’ decisions and actions. The choices they make in moments of crisis have left some viewers puzzled.

Some Reddit users highlight the inconsistencies in the plot, while others express general dissatisfaction with the storyline. Others rated the movie around 4.5 or 5 out of 10 and found it lacking in terms of a thrilling plot.

So, while some laud ‘Loving Adults’ as a tale that pushes the boundaries of traditional thrillers, others view it as a film that dips into well-trodden territory.

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