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Adoration (2008)

 -  Drama  -  24 April 2009 (Canada)
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For his French-class assignment, a high school student weaves his family history in a news story involving terrorism, and goes on to invite an Internet audience in on the resulting controversy.

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For his French-class assignment, a high school student weaves his family history in a news story involving terrorism, and goes on to invite an Internet audience in on the resulting controversy.

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Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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24 April 2009 (Canada)  »

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Adoração  »

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$4,700,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$39,358 (USA) (8 May 2009)

Gross:

$293,614 (USA) (9 October 2009)
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The character of Tom was originally written as being older. Scott Speedman had read the script in Los Angeles and insisted on meeting with Atom Egoyan. When the director met Speedman, he immediately revised his preconceptions about Tom's age and made him younger. See more »

Goofs

In the scene at the end of the film at his grandfather's empty lake house, Simon first unloaded the wooden Christmas figures from his duffel bag onto a pile of firewood on the end of the dock. He then went into his grandfather's workshop and sawed the scroll off of his mother's violin. With his phone, he took a picture of the severed scroll in his hand with the dock in the background, but the wooden Christmas figures now appear in the middle of the dock. See more »

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Simon: [class monologue] Innocence is a hard thing to describe, it's like a scent, a thing which some people carry. And from the moment they found the bomb, the security officials knew my mother had nothing to do with it.
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Connecting the dots

When I saw The Sweet Hereafter years ago, I thought Atom Egoyan was one of the greatest directors alive, and the subsequent films haven't really shaken that belief. If Adoration is not up to the standard of his best work, it is still well worth seeing. The story is one of terrible loss and forgiveness, and the acting is superb. We are connecting the dots--from racist grandfather to despairing mother to an orphan teenager (played by the excellent Devon Bostick) with big issues around truth and responsibility. The boy's uncle has a lot of issues himself; we can see that being a tow-truck driver is gnawing at his soul (made me think of Repo Man). Scott Speedman as the uncle is really good, he's hiding behind a beard, giving curt responses to Arsinée Khanjian's questions.

A problem: lots of use of internet chat rooms to flesh out the story; disembodied, undramatic characters for Simon to interact with (watch for the great Maury Chaykin to heat things up somewhat). Technology is not a launching pad for art, it's just information retrieval or anger management.


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