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Ararat (2002)

R | | Drama, War | 6 December 2002 (USA)
Interrogated by a customs officer, a young man recounts how his life was changed during the making of a film about the Armenian genocide.

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David
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Ani
Setta Keshishian ...
Dinner Guest / Wailing Mother
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Shant Srabian ...
Dinner Guest #3 / Doctor #1
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Celia
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Ali / Jevdet Bay
Brent Carver ...
Philip
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Tony
Christie MacFadyen ...
Janet
Dawn Roach ...
Customs Officer
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Lousnak Abdalian ...
Gorky's Mother
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Storyline

People tell stories. In Toronto, an art historian lectures on Arshile Gorky (1904?-1948), an Armenian painter who lived through the genocide in Turkey in 1915. A director invites the historian to help him include Gorky's story in a film about the genocide and Turkish assault on the town of Van. The historian's family is under stress: her son is in love with his step-sister, who blames the historian for the death of her father. The daughter wants to revisit her father's death and change that story. An aging customs agent tells his son about his long interview with the historian's son, who has returned from Turkey with canisters of film. Parents and children. All the stories connect. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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In a world full of denial, how do you determine who's telling the truth? See more »

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Drama | War

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Rated R for violence, sexuality/nudity and language | See all certifications »
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6 December 2002 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$211,130 (USA) (15 November 2002)

Gross:

$1,554,566 (USA) (24 January 2003)
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Ararat (2002) premiered as part of the 'Official Selection' at the 55th Cannes International Film Festival in 2002, but it was not 'In Competition' for any awards. Atom Egoyan's prior feature [Felicia's Journey (1999)] and his subsequent feature [Where the Truth Lies (2005)], artistically less ambitious films, were both screened 'In Competition' at Cannes. The reasons for "Ararat" not being part of the 'Official Competition' in 2002 are still ambiguous: Some claim there was political pressure on the festival by Turkey, while Egoyan said he himself decided not to enter Ararat (2002) into the competition: "This film is dealing with a period of history that has never been represented before on film. The idea of subjecting that to the additional pressures of a jury - given all the pressures that are on this film already - seemed to be unnecessary." See more »

Quotes

David: [takes out pomegranate] You can't bring this in.
Edward Saroyan: [endearingly] Please.
David: No fruit or vegetables, that includes pomegranates. it's on your form.
Edward Saroyan: I like to eat the seed of this fruit. One each day. For luck.
David: I'm sorry, that's not allowed.
[Mr Saroyan takes out his penknife and cuts the fruit open]
David: What are you doing?
Edward Saroyan: This way, I don't need to bring it in. I eat it here, at the gate of your country. Look
[takes a bite and nods agreeingly]
Edward Saroyan: So, I bring luck in my stomach. Will you try it?
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Crazy Credits

Closing disclaimers: 1) The historical events in this film have been substantiated by holocaust scholars, national archives, and eyewitness accounts, including that of Clarence Ussher. 2) To this day, Turkey continues to deny the Armenian Genocide of 1915. See more »

Connections

Featured in The Making of 'Ararat' (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

Mystery
Written by Gord Downie (as Gordon Downie) and Atom Egoyan
Performed by Gord Downie (as Gordon Downie)
From the album "Coke Machine Glow"
Courtesy of Wiener Art Records - copyright 2000
Copyright 2000 - Wiener Art (SOCAN)/Egoyan Ego Film Arts (SOCAN)
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... informative, yet -excessively- preachy
26 November 2014 | by (Los Angeles, CA, USA) – See all my reviews

This movie is quite informative... I'd say too informative, and the reason is that the writer/director lagged on endlessly on making the characters explain way too much instead of allowing the medium of film and image explain it. That's something I've always been against, the excessive ultra intellectual dialogue which makes the plot come across as unreal. Yes, there are people all over who know topics and issues, but when you bring that to a screen it becomes another version of The Da Vinci Code, before or after the latter's production. The acting isn't good, not even Christopher Plummer's or Elias Koeats'... but that can be attributed to the writing and direction. The acting was stilted and preachy on most sides. The information provided was great and the scenes from the Armenian Genocide are shocking. No complains there. Directors and writers MUST understand that jam-packing dialogue into a 120 minute piece only makes a movie unwatchable, unless you're interested in the topic, of course. Cramming lines doesn't work in a visual medium. 12 Years a Slave is a perfect example of how to rely not on dialogue but on the subtlety of camera movements and the talent of a well chosen cast. Anyways, that's my take on Ararat to which I'm still awarding 7/10 although it should be a 6.5/10


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