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27 July 1990 (Netherlands) See more »
Love - Passion - Obsession
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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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. Lusby ... 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 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
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 Webb .... first assistant director
Sound Department
Peter Melnychuk .... boom operator
Steve Munro .... sound editor
Daniel Pellerin .... 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
Other crew
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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8 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
A powerful, raw and sensual film., 1 October 1999
Author: Carlin Joie Belof from Toronto, Ontario, Canada

In all candor, I rented this film because I found out that Michael McMannus was in it, and I respect the man's acting abilities. Suffice it to say, I wasn't disappointed.

Michael's character, Lance, is a young busboy at a hotel who wants desperately to get a speaking part in a movie, instead of background extra roles. Meanwhile, one of his fellow employees is obsessed with him, and she will do practically anything in order to receive his affections. Essentially a psychological drama, the story basically explores what they will and won't do in order to achieve their goals.

Despite it's "vocal" title, the film can be unnervingly quiet at times, however it's never dull. I couldn't help but get wrapped up in the story and entranced by the powerful performances of all the actors. It's a very powerful, raw and sensual film, definitely not for younger viewers, which is typical of Atom Egoyan films. I would highly recommend it. :)

Personally, I also enjoyed it because it was filmed here in Toronto. I found myself laughing and saying, "I know where that is!" ;)

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