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Exotica (1994)

 -  Drama  -  3 March 1995 (USA)
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The 'Exotica' is a nightclub on the outskirts of Toronto, where Eric, DJ and MC, watches nightly as his ex-girlfriend Christina performs. Watches jealously, especially as far as the extra ... See full summary »

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The 'Exotica' is a nightclub on the outskirts of Toronto, where Eric, DJ and MC, watches nightly as his ex-girlfriend Christina performs. Watches jealously, especially as far as the extra attentions regular customer Francis garners are concerned. Thomas, meanwhile and erstwhile, goes through a series of, um, interesting situations involving his pet shop, a gruff taxi-sharing stranger, unexpected tickets to the opera and smuggled eggs of a rare bird. Multiple story lines unfold in a splendid tangle of cutbacks, forward and backward references and recurring themes, all woven around the Exotica, its customers and employees. A calm roller-coaster ride of a movie, visually and intriguingly and emotionally moving. O, and the sound track is notable, too. Written by Eddi Sommer <eddi@gmd.de>

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In a world of temptation, obsession is the deadliest desire.

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Rated R for some sexuality and language | See all certifications »

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3 March 1995 (USA)  »

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CAD 2,000,000 (estimated)

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$5,132,222 (USA)
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The director's wife, Arsinée Khanjian, was seven months pregnant when her parts in the movie were filmed. See more »

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The cuts on Francis's face change size & shape throughout the movie after he gets thrown out of Exotica. See more »

Quotes

Christina: Do you have a lot of friends?
Eric: Not really...
Christina: Do you ever wish you did?
Eric: Yeah.
Christina: When?
Eric: Well... like... now, for instance.
Christina: Why?
Eric: Well... I just met you. And I feel like telling somebody about it.
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References Taxi Driver (1976) See more »

Soundtracks

Everybody Knows
Performed by Leonard Cohen
Written by Leonard Cohen and Sharon Robinson
Published by Leonard Cohen Stranger Music, Inc. (BMI) and Geffen Music
Courtesy of Sony Music Entertainment (Canada) Inc.
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GREAT MOVIE...MISLEADING ART WORK
28 April 2002 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

When you first look at the VHS box for this movie, it looks like a slightly upscale version of Showgirl. Nothing could be further from the truth. This is a sad, painful, mysterious movie that explores human relationships in a very unusual way. Yes, lots of it takes place at a strip club,but it's not very sexy or explicit.

You have to pay careful attention to this movie. It bounces around in time, and all the threads of the plot don't come totally together until the very last moment of the movie. But it has a devastating and gripping payoff. ONLY FOR INTELLIGENT MOVIE GOERS. It's a tough movie, kinda slow, but it is unusual, inventive and in my opinion, very satisfying.

Also recommend THE SWEET HEREAFTER, directed by Atom Egoyan as well. Same fractured structure and sense of sadness. But beautiful.


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