Adored: Diary of a Porn Star

Adored: Diary of a Porn Star

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You’ve got to have some major cojones in order to write, direct, and then put yourself in the lead role of a film about a fictional gay porn actor popular enough to garner a standing ovation for kicking a soccer ball at the Gay Olympics and a live breaking news report upon his suicide. But instead of showcasing a brazen young talent (earning the film’s early references to Marlon and Marilyn), Marco Filiberti’s ode to his own sex-god fantasies, Adored: Diary of a Porn Star (original title: Little More Than a Year Ago), positively drips with that element that has turned countless gay films into dour endurance tests: navel-gazing self-pity. (“I vant to be al-hone.”) The beloved Riki (Filiberti) is phenomenally rich, a porno director’s pet who’s romantically idolized by wide-eyed part-time rough-trader Claudio. Later, he miraculously finds himself closer to his brother Federico upon coming clean to him about his line of work. But love and acceptance is hardly enough for our tragic protagonist, who resists fulfilling Claudio’s invitations for a stable, practically faux-hetero relationship. Life only begins to have meaning, it seems, when he witnesses a young boy’s mother run over in an auto accident and takes it upon himself to become an alternative role model for the kid, whose grandparents are portrayed as grieving, but still flummoxed as to how to care for him. Lest Riki get too mired in his own narcissism, Filiberti conveniently supplies the film with a female (but totally sexless) doppelganger: the anorexic, Eurotrash space poet Luna, played without a trace of humor by Rosalinda Celentano. Gay Christians will eat this ode to homosexual isolation up, and they’ll no doubt recognize Celentano from Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ, in which she played the similarly androgynous Satan (in Adored, the monkey on her back is only philosophical). So you’re a drama queen and you want contentious dialogue revolving around the topic of homosexuality and psychological retardation? Go ahead and let Gibson lecture you for a few hours on the evils of sex-role deviation, but forget about Adored, which ends up too steeped in surrogate conscience twaddle to even be bothered to provoke a response, positive or negative.

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DVD
Distributor
Wolfe Releasing
Runtime
101 min
Rating
NR
Year
2003
Director
Marco Filiberti
Screenwriter
Marco Filiberti
Cast
Marco Filiberti, Urbano Barberini, Erica Blanc, Rosalinda Celentano, Alessandra Acciai, Claudio Vanni, Francesca d'Aloja, Luigi Diberti