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Release Date:
30 November 1984 (Canada) See more »
Twenty-three-year old Peter Foster is an only child who lives at home, where he constantly hears his parents arguing... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
Patrick Tierney ... Peter Foster / Bedros Deryan
Berj Fazalian ... George Deryan
Sirvart Fazlian ... Sonya Deryan

Arsinée Khanjian ... Azah Deryan
Margaret Loveys ... Mrs. Foster
Thomas Tierney ... Mr. Foster
Phil Rash ... Foster Counsellor
Paul Babiak ... Deryan Counsellor
Constantino Magnatta ... Video Operator (as Tino Magnatta)
Andrew Coyne ... Counsellor in Elevator
Peg Christopherson ... Counsellor in Elevator
Linzee Collins ... Receptionist
Robert Kosoy ... Boy in Store
Charmaine Lord ... Stripper
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Hagop Apkarian
Puzant Apkarian
Kaloust Babian
Arsho Basmajian
Isa Basmajian
Silva Basmajian
Lindsay Collins ... Receptionist
Camelia Frieberg
Irwin Haller
Nadya Hamparian
Simon Hasserjian
Kevork Kharshafdjian
Sylvia Kharshafdjian
Assadour Kirijian
Arsinée Melikian
Arthur Melikian
Garbis Melikian
Vivian Palin
Sirvart Papazian
Hurrie Tikiryan-Dwyer
Hripsime Trpandjian
Judy White
Pierre Yeremian

Atom Egoyan ... Birthday Guest / Man Taking Suitcase at Airport (uncredited)

Directed by
Atom Egoyan 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Atom Egoyan 

Produced by
Atom Egoyan .... producer
Cinematography by
Peter Mettler 
Film Editing by
Atom Egoyan 
Art Direction by
Ross Nichol 
Production Management
Camelia Frieberg .... production manager
Jeremy Podeswa .... production manager
Sound Department
Daniel Pellerin .... sound re-recording mixer
David Rokeby .... sound realizations
Marc Mercury .... stunts
Editorial Department
Bruce McDonald .... assistant editor
Music Department
George Doering .... musician
Other crew
Atom Egoyan .... classical guitar
Susan Haller .... script supervisor

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70 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
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Director Cameo: [Atom Egoyan]a guest in Bedros' birthday partySee more »
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References The Graduate (1967)See more »


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10 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
Excellent!, 12 November 2001
Author: Xenoid ( from Watertown, MA

Atom Egoyan proves early on his talent as a story-teller in this 1984 Drama/Comedy about a man searching for an identity. The premise is a lot like that of The Graduate, a young man not sure where is future lies, although the way they go about it is completely opposite, the beginning definitely reminds me of "The Graduate"

Peter Foster is a 23 year old man still living with his controlling parents. With no ambition in his life, the Foster family visits a therapist, hoping that they can be helped. While viewing the video-recording of his therapy session, he puts in another tape of an Armenian family seeking therapy. It is revealed that this Armenian family had given up a son for adoption early on. Peter comes up with a plan where he will "pretend" (a theme which comes up often in the film) to be Bedros, the long lost son of this elderly couple. The story is told well, in the trademark Egoyan style. The film mixes comedy with drama, containing beautiful artistic elements that we can definitely associate with Atom Egoyan. The simple fact where there are no subtitles is interesting in itself, because Peter doesn't know what is being said, why should the audience? (Although this is only a few seconds here and there, it doesn't take away at all from the film) If you are a fan of Atom Egoyan I highly recommend seeing this film, enjoy!

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