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Atom Egoyan (writer)
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Release Date:
27 July 1990 (Netherlands) See more »
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Love - Passion - Obsession
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A struggling actor's job as a hotel custodian is a front for his real job: being rented out as a gigolo by his supervisor... See more » | Add synopsis »
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1 win & 7 nominations See more »
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Cast

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Michael McManus ... Lance

Arsinée Khanjian ... Lisa

Gabrielle Rose ... Clara

Tony Nardi ... Eddy
David Hemblen ... Producer
Patricia Collins ... Housekeeper

Gerard Parkes ... Father

Jacqueline Samuda ... Bride (as Jackie Samuda)
Peter Krantz ... Groom
Patrick Tierney ... Eddy's colleague at video store
Robert Dodds ... Doctor
Leszek Lis ... Friend of the Housekeeper
Sharon Corder ... Hotel Manager (voice)
David MacKay ... Man at the Party
Teresa Hunt ... Women at the Party
Marie-Lynne Gleeson ... Women at the Party
C.J. Fidler ... Women at the Party (as Cindy Fidler)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Franco Tata ... Clara's brother

Mychael Danna ... Concert pianist (uncredited)

Directed by
Atom Egoyan 
 
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Atom Egoyan  writer

Produced by
Atom Egoyan .... producer
Camelia Frieberg .... delegate producer
Donald Ranvaud .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Mychael Danna 
 
Cinematography by
Paul Sarossy 
 
Film Editing by
Bruce McDonald 
 
Production Design by
Linda Del Rosario 
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Cynthia Gillespie .... second assistant director
David J. Webb .... first assistant director
 
Sound Department
Peter Melnychuk .... boom operator
Steve Munro .... sound editor
Daniel Pellerin .... sound re-recording mixer
Michael Werth .... dialogue editor
 
Visual Effects by
Chris Wallace .... hi-def colourist (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
David Plank .... first assistant camera
 
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Allen Bell .... script supervisor
 

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93 min
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Australia:M | UK:18 (original rating) | UK:15 (2013)
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10 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
Not a movie to be merely watched, 12 August 2002
Author: StormBorn from USA

Speaking Parts is not a movie to be merely watched; it must be engaged, just as the main characters (Lance, Lisa and Clara) must choose to engage their lives rather than just watch. At first, watching or being watched is all: Lance seems to exist only as others view him. Clara watches and rewatches a video of her dead brother. Lisa watches Lance any way she can--at work, through renting his movies over and over and watching only his scenes, even watching him do his laundry.

"Words aren't everything," says Lisa, but as beautiful as these look-alike protagonists are, it is the non-beautiful ones around them who have power over them--the power of words. Only when Lance shatters his objective perfection by screaming the one word in the movie that comes truly from himself does he become a real person.

Egoyan's mastery shows in his tight control; every scene, every prop, every movement and gesture reinforces his bleak and nearly-silent vision. Although McManus (Lance) has said that he approached working with Egoyan as "an employee," his talent is showcased in his use of expression and body language to portray the powerful/powerless object of desire and fantasy. Striking images abound, as they must in a film about image, about the relationship between object and subject, between viewed and viewer: Lance facedown in a waste of white sheets, wrists crossed over his head as if bound; Lisa reaching out to touch Lance as if revulsed by him; the similarity in looks between the mute-and-powerless (all beautiful brunettes) and the banal-but-powerful (all bland and blond).

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