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3 March 1995 (USA) See more »
In a world of temptation, obsession is the deadliest desire.
The 'Exotica' is a nightclub on the outskirts of Toronto, where Eric, DJ and MC, watches nightly as his ex-girlfriend Christina performs... See more » | Full synopsis »
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  (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. Fidler ... Exotica Club dancer (uncredited)
Nadine Ramkisson ... Exotica Club dancer (uncredited)
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Directed by
Atom Egoyan 
Writing credits
Atom Egoyan (writer)

Produced by
Atom Egoyan .... producer
Camelia Frieberg .... producer
David J. Webb .... associate producer (as David Webb)
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 J. Webb .... assistant director (as David Webb)
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)
Bill Koon .... scenic painter
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 .... sound re-recording mixer
Paul Germann .... assistant: Trackworks
James A. Gore .... foley assistant
Peter Kelly .... sound re-recording mixer
Andy Malcolm .... foley artist
Peter Melnychuk .... boom operator
Steve Munro .... sound designer (as Steven Munro)
Daniel Pellerin .... sound 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)
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
Victoria Harding .... location manager
Joanne T. Harwood .... script supervisor (as Joanne Harwood)
James Howard .... production assistant
Martyn Krys .... production lawyer
Helen Lee .... director observer
Claudia Moore .... dance choreographer
Jeff Nelson .... location production assistant (as Jeffrey Nelson)
Rebecca Ruddle .... office production assistant
Celeste Sansreget .... craft service (as Celeste Sansregret)
Roland Schlimme .... production coordinator (as Roland W. Schlimme)
Pam Simons .... office production assistant
Virginia Smart .... production assistant
Simone Urdl .... assistant to director
Simone Urdl .... unit publicist
Greg Van Alstyne .... title design
Eardley Wilmot .... assistant location manager
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
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

The director's wife, Arsinée Khanjian, was seven months pregnant when her parts in the movie were filmed.See more »
Continuity: 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.See more »
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42 out of 49 people found the following review useful.
Amazingly beautiful, haunting film, 29 April 1999
Author: Gouda-3

I can't remember seeing a film as intriguing, complex, and beautifully photographed as "Exotica." I nearly didn't watch it because the video cover advertized it as an "erotic thriller" and the image on the front is of Mia Kirchner doing her strip-tease bit. Granted, "Exotica" centers around a "gentleman's club" of the same name, but to call this film a simple erotic thriller is to miss out on a lot, on too much.

"Exotica" follows four seemingly unrelated storylines: a man sitting alone at a table in a strip club, another man smuggling exotic parrot eggs into the country ("Exotica" takes place in and around Toronto), two apparent strangers walking in a field of green, and a young girl who plays a flute in an empty house. Egoyan begins with these vastly different puzzle pieces then slowly, inexorably brings them together.

Atom Egoyan is one heck of a masterful director. He is the epicenter of this cinematic symphony that leads carefully from movement to movement until the finale bursts forth in equal measure of catharsis, discovery, and tragedy. Plot to him is like tapestry weaving. He threads narrative, characters, time, and setting in such complicated iterations that one is at once nearly overwhelmed by the intricacy and awed at his skill, a testament to his brilliance as well as his belief that a film-going audience is actually intelligent.

At it's heart, "Exotica" is a tragedy of circumstances. Or better yet, a collision of tragedies of circumstances. Indeed, the film isn't so much about tragedy as it is about those who survive tragedy and the toll a single event can exact for the rest of the lives of those who survive. Exotica, the gentleman's club, serves merely as a focal point where all these individual tragedies radiate to.

Equally haunting in all this is the music. Mychael Danna's score sets the film's tone: dark, "exotic," deceptively simple but savvier than it lets on. Also worthy of note is the music in the club itself, a blend of American house funk and Middle Eastern tones, warbled in Arabic.

I highly recommend this film. Ignore the naked women who sashay from time to time in front of the screen (difficult as that may be at times) in the scenes shot in the club. The really interesting stuff occurs at the margins of the film, as the gulf separating the storylines begin to vanish, and the final scene gives you the keystone to a horrifying clear vision of a sadness so overwhelming that no one in the film escapes unscathed.

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