Adoration (2008)

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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Louca Tassone ...
Yuval Daniel ...
Security Agent
Jeremy Wright ...
Delivery Guy
Car Owner
Berating Woman
Hailee Sisera ...
Lia Bellefontaine ...
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Simon, a Toronto high school student, has been raised by his maternal Uncle Tom since Simon's parents, Rachel and Sami, died in a car accident eight years ago. Tom, a tow truck driver, decided to move to the city into Rachel's house and assume the mortgage, something he could ill afford, largely not to disrupt Simon's life, but equally to get away from his and Rachel's father, Morris, an openly bigoted man. That upbringing has made Tom a sullen and angry man. Morris only recently passed away. Rachel and Sami met when she, a violinist, brought her instrument in to be serviced, Sami the repairman. Simon now owns his mother's expensive violin, which Tom would like to sell to help pay the mortgage and Simon's imminent university tuition. One day at school, Simon's French teacher Sabine reads a French newspaper story from several years ago as a translation exercise for the class, the story about a pregnant woman traveling to Israel, her then boyfriend who, unknown to her, planted a bomb in... Written by Huggo

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Drama | Romance

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Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

24 April 2009 (Canada)  »

Also Known As:

Adoração  »

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$4,700,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


$293,614 (USA) (9 October 2009)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Atom Egoyan embarked on a series of workshops and interviews with university students to better understand their attitudes towards communicating with each other via the internet and texting. See more »


When Sabine (the cab driver) and Tom stop for lunch, neither one the cars they are all in stop at the blinking red light at the intersection. See more »


Morris: [first lines - into video camera] I remember looking out at the two of you, Tom playing on the dock, you watching. I was thinking how lucky you were to have a mom like her. And how lucky she was to have a boy like you. That's what you stole from me Simon. That's what I can never forgive.
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25 March 2012 | by (Vancouver) – See all my reviews

Interesting, I wouldn't say all together successful movie about Religion, persecution, customs, you know, Atom Egoyan's favorite subjects it seems. As a matter of fact, for the first half hour or so, I thought we were being treated to a different take on "Ararat", Egoyan's (quite great) film from a few years back dealing with yes, Religion, persecution and customs. But then the film takes a bit of a left tum, gets a little talky and preachy, and ends on an interesting note. In the film, a teacher encourages a student to make up a story about his Dad being a terrorist and how he got his Mom to bring a bomb on a plane for him. only to be stopped by customs. The story takes a life of it's own, affecting everyone around him, why would the teacher do this? It's somewhat tricky and confusing, and Egoyan does an amicable job to keep a totally convoluted story afloat, because this baby goes off in all directions. Again, it gets to be a bit much, but under Egoyan's touch, is certainly watchable.

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