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Exotica (1994)

R | | Drama | 24 March 1995 (USA)
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A man whose daughter recently died becomes obsessed with a dancer in the night club Exotica.



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



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

24 March 1995 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Exótica  »

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Box Office


CAD 2,000,000 (estimated)

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1.85 : 1
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Sarah Polley, playing a small supporting role in this film, later starred in Atom Egoyan's later film The Sweet Hereafter (1997). Also appearing in both films are Bruce Greenwood and Egoyan's wife Arsinée Khanjian. See more »


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


Eric: He comes in here every other night. He has his favorite drink, and his favourite table, with his favorite dancer. Sometimes he has to wait for her, and sometimes she's waiting for him, to protect him. She's his angel.
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Another masterclass from Egoyan
1 September 2005 | by See all my reviews

I first became aware of Atom Egoyans work after watching "Felicias Journey" on television. This was an unusual film in that I was not sure whether I was enjoying it or not, but equally could not have switched it off. It was only when I found myself thinking about the film some days later that I realised what an excellent piece of cinema I had witnessed. Through IMDb I checked for other work by this director & came across "The Sweet Hereafter". I quickly obtained a copy, and whilst watching it became spellbound by its slow burning intensity and the excellent performances of Bruce Greenwood, Ian Holm & the wonderful Sarah Polley.

I needed to see more, and bought a copy of "Exotica". This film is an absolute masterpiece. Again, like "Sweet Hereafter" it has a slow burning quality,accentuated by the repetitive nature of the lives of the main characters. Excellent performances from Bruce Greenwood, probably one of the most underrated & understated actors of his generation, Sarah Polley, Elias Koteas and the beautiful Mia Kirshner. As you watch this film, you wonder how the lives of these characters will eventually impact on each other, and your mind searches for possible explanations. When this explanation arrives, it hits you like a tidal wave, washing away any doubts that you may have had about the quality of Egoyans storytelling.

After gorging myself on a surfeit of summer blockbusters, which although enjoyable at the time, like a Chinese meal, leave you empty again some few hours later, I needed nourishment for my mind as well as my eyes. The discovery of the genius of Atom Egoyan has provided this spiritual feeding.

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