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24 March 1995 (USA) See more »
In a world of temptation, obsession is the deadliest desire.
Francis, whose daughter was murdered a few years ago, is always watching Christina dance in the night club Exotica. One night he is dared to touch the girl and ends up being thrown out. He then sends in Thomas to try and find explanations. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Beautiful, haunting, poetic and truthful. See more (85 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
David Hemblen ... Inspector
Calvin Green ... Customs Officer

Don McKellar ... Thomas
Peter Krantz ... Man in taxi

Mia Kirshner ... Christina

Arsinée Khanjian ... Zoe

Elias Koteas ... Eric

Bruce Greenwood ... Francis

Damon D'Oliveira ... Man at opera

Sarah Polley ... Tracey

Victor Garber ... Harold
Jack Blum ... Scalper
Billy Merasty ... Man at opera
Ken McDougall ... Doorman
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Maury Chaykin ... Exotica Club Client (uncredited)

C.J. Lusby ... Exotica Club dancer (uncredited)
Nadine Ramkisson ... Exotica Club dancer (uncredited)

Directed by
Atom Egoyan 
Writing credits
Atom Egoyan (writer)

Produced by
Atom Egoyan .... producer
Camelia Frieberg .... producer
David Webb .... associate producer
Robert Lantos .... executive producer (uncredited)
Robert Lantos .... producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Mychael Danna 
Cinematography by
Paul Sarossy (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Susan Shipton 
Production Design by
Linda Del Rosario 
Richard Paris 
Art Direction by
Linda Del Rosario (uncredited)
Richard Paris (uncredited)
Costume Design by
Linda Muir 
Makeup Department
Sylvain Cournoyer .... assistant makeup artist (as Sylvain Cornouyer)
Nicole Demers .... makeup artist
Alison Ethier .... tattoo artist
David Harron .... assistant makeup artist (as David Harrison)
Debra Johnson .... hair design
Neville Ling .... assistant hair designer (as Neville Ying)
Mary Monforte .... assistant makeup artist
Tony Ouellette .... assistant hair designer
Production Management
Sandra Cunningham .... production manager
Roberta Pazdro .... assistant production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Fergus Barnes .... second assistant director
Michele Rakich .... third assistant director
Mary Sylwester .... trainee assistant director
David Webb .... assistant director
Art Department
Robert Allistar Brown .... set labour
Garth Brunt .... set dresser
Kathleen Climie .... assistant art director
Linda Del Rosario .... set dresser
Terry Hess .... construction
Mark Hunter .... set props
Anthony A. Ianni .... art department trainee (as Tony Ianni)
Brent Kelly .... lead set dresser
Zachery Kelly .... set labour (as Zachary Kelly)
William Koon .... scenic painter (as Bill Koon)
Doug McCullough .... lead set dresser
Peter Miskimmin .... props
Ian Nothnagel .... set labour
Richard Paris .... set dresser
Paul Potvin .... props assistant
Keith Reaume .... set labour
Art Verhoeven .... construction
Stephen Willetts .... scenic painter (as Steven Willets)
Peter Emmink .... carpenter (uncredited)
Sound Department
Tyler Allen .... sound trainee
Sue Conley .... dialogue editor
Keith Elliott .... re-recording mixer
Paul Germann .... assistant: Trackworks
James A. Gore .... foley assistant
Peter Kelly .... re-recording mixer
Andy Malcolm .... foley artist
Peter Melnychuk .... boom operator
Steve Munro .... sound designer (as Steven Munro)
Daniel Pellerin .... re-recording mixer
Ross Redfern .... sound recordist
Paul Shikata .... assistant sound editor
Tony van den Akker .... foley recordist (as Tony Van Den Akker)
Peter Winninger .... adr editor
Special Effects by
Michael Kavanagh .... special effects supervisor (as Michael Kavonaugh)
Visual Effects by
Jason Giberson .... digital restoration artist
Paul Intson .... digital editor
Ted Hanlan .... stunt coordinator (as Ted Hanlon)
Camera and Electrical Department
Cynthia Barlow .... key grip
Paul Boucher .... focus puller
David Crone .... Steadicam operator
Johnnie Eisen .... still photographer
Irwin Figueira .... best boy grip
Harper Forbes .... fourth grip
Reni Hoz .... clapper/loader
George Kerr .... electric
Roscoe Kerr .... best boy electric
Michael Kulas .... third grip (as Mike Kulas)
Joseph Micomonaco .... camera trainee
David Owen .... gaffer
David Patrick .... electric
David Plank .... focus puller
Anthony Ramsey .... electric (as Tony Ramsey)
Franco Tata .... electric (as Frank Tata)
Mark Willis .... second unit camera
John Crockford .... electric (uncredited)
Casting Department
Scott Mansfield .... extras casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Cori Burchell .... wardrobe assistant
Sidney Sproule .... wardrobe mistress (as Sydney Sproule)
Editorial Department
Chris Hinton .... film timer
Margaret Malandruccolo .... editing trainee
Jamie Phelan .... editing trainee
Paul Shikata .... first assistant editor
Wiebke von Carolsfeld .... second assistant editor (as Wiebke Von Carollsfeld)
Location Management
Victoria Harding .... location manager
Jeff Nelson .... location production assistant (as Jeffrey Nelson)
Eardley Wilmot .... assistant location manager
Music Department
David Bottrill .... music mixer
Paul Intson .... digital editor
Paul Intson .... musician: bass guitar
Harrison Kennedy .... vocals
Ron Korb .... musician: flute
Rakesh Kumar .... vocals
Adel Saab .... musician: tambourine
Kamil Saab .... musician: darabukha (as Kamal Saab)
Nabil Saab .... musician: oud
Sambhaji .... musician: shehnai
Paul Shikata .... music editor
Ameene Shishakly .... musician: clarinet
Annie Szamosi .... vocals
Hovhanness Tarpinian .... musician: tar
Garo Tchaliguian .... vocals
David Bottrill .... music track engineer (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Al MacNeil .... driver
Evan Siegel .... transportation coordinator
Andres Vosu .... driver
Other crew
Hussain Amarshi .... assistant to producers
Carolynne Bell .... assistant coordinator: prep
Carolynne Bell .... craft service
Shirley Granger .... production accountant
Joanne T. Harwood .... script supervisor (as Joanne Harwood)
James Howard .... production assistant
Martyn Krys .... production lawyer
Helen Lee .... director observer
Claudia Moore .... dance choreographer
Rebecca Ruddle .... office production assistant
Celeste Sansreget .... craft service (as Celeste Sansregret)
Roland Schlimme .... production coordinator
Pam Simons .... office production assistant
Virginia Smart .... production assistant
Simone Urdl .... assistant to director
Simone Urdl .... unit publicist
Greg Van Alstyne .... title design
Deirdre Bowen .... the producers would like to thank
Robert Lantos .... special thanks

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Rated R for some sexuality and language
103 min
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The film is included on Roger Ebert's "Great Movies" list.See more »
Crew or equipment visible: In one scene when Eric is talking with Cristina walking on the grass, you can see a microphone at the top of the screen.See more »
Eric:Yeah! Bring those big hairy palms together, gentlemen, have a nice big, round of applause... for Kali! Kali. Yes, indeed, Kali. And you, too, can - you, too, can have Kali come over to your table for only five dollars, where she can show you the mysteries of her world. Trust me, gentlemen, trust me.
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35 out of 39 people found the following review useful.
Beautiful, haunting, poetic and truthful., 28 July 2003
Author: Scott Murray (Django-21) from Scotland

Just seen this for the second time. First time I saw it (about a year ago), I wasn't really sure what to make of it, but there were scenes from it (when Elias Koteas reveals why his connection to the disturbed and grieving father and the scene with the father and his daughter's babysitter at the end) that have always stuck in my mind.

A very haunting and beautiful movie (even though it gives a very unpleasant view of life), with a haunting snake charm style score and starring the brilliant Elias Koteas (from "Crash") and the lovely Mia Kirshner (from early first season "24" and "The Crow: City Of Angels"). Victor Garber (Sidney's dad in "Alias") also has a couple of scenes. Not to many tastes but very rewarding if you can appreciate it (although it's sense of detachment probably puts off a lot of people).

It seems to me to explore the theme of people trying to connect, in a very insular and ultimately unfulfilling way (the young gay man who goes to the ballet every night and gives away his "extra ticket" for companionship or the grieving father who pays a young girl to "babysit" his empty house so that he can have the illusion his daughter is still around for example), and also the theme of loss (variously of loved ones, innocence, youth, opportunity etc). The Exotica strip club seems such hollow place but at the same time it seems almost understandable that it would draw hapless souls night after night with nowhere else to go. Some of the dialogue seems poetic, cynical and truthful all at the same time. A film that you really need to watch to the end before you really feel you understand it's puzzle (and even then there seems to be something just out of grasp this viewing). A moving portrait of life that will linger in your mind afterwards.

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