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Adoration -- 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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15 April 2009 (France) See more »
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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. | Full synopsis »
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1 win & 8 nominations See more »
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Flawed but ultimately effective and relevant film from Canadian master Egoyan See more (37 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Devon Bostick ... Simon

Rachel Blanchard ... Rachel
Louca Tassone ... Young Simon

Kenneth Welsh ... Morris
Yuval Daniel ... Security Agent

Scott Speedman ... Tom
Jeremy Wright ... Delivery Guy

Arsinée Khanjian ... Sabine

Noam Jenkins ... Sami

Thomas Hauff ... Nick
Martin Roach ... Car Owner

Ieva Lucs ... Berating Woman

Katie Boland ... Hannah

Hailee Sisera ... Jennifer
Lia Bellefontaine ... Student On-Line
Jermaine Crooks ... Student On-Line
Hannah Fogel ... Student On-Line
Celeste Howard ... Student On-Line

Jamie McMillan ... Student On-Line
Yunus Mohamed ... Student On-Line
Nariné Martiros-Gharakhanian ... Student On-Line
Victor Nhan ... Student On-Line
Tristan Parlette ... Student On-Line
Lucas Paulino ... Student On-Line
June Rogers ... Student On-Line
Kevin Tung ... Student On-Line
Jack Blum ... Passenger & Professor On-Line

Maury Chaykin ... Passenger & Professor On-Line
Sharon Corder ... Passenger & Professor On-Line
Vera Frenkel ... Passenger & Professor On-Libe
Marc Glassman ... Passenger & Professor On-Line
Shel Goldstein ... Passenger & Professor On-Line
Paul Soles ... Passenger & Professor On-Line
Janice Stein ... Passenger & Professor On-Line

Geraldine O'Rawe ... Carole

Duane Murray ... Parking Security
Dominic Cuzzocrea ... Taxi Driver (as Domenic Cuzzocrea)

Tony Nardi ... School Principal

Aaron Poole ... Daniel

Soo Garay ... Granddaughter
Bathsheba Garnett ... Holocaust Survivor
Michael Barry ... Skinhead
Ron Bell ... Bus Driver
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Directed by
Atom Egoyan 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Atom Egoyan  written by

Produced by
Atom Egoyan .... producer
Marcy Gerstein .... associate producer
Robert Lantos .... executive producer
Laurent Pétin .... executive producer
Michèle Pétin .... executive producer (as Michele Halberstadt)
Stephen Traynor .... line producer
Simone Urdl .... producer
Jennifer Weiss .... producer
 
Original Music by
Mychael Danna 
 
Cinematography by
Paul Sarossy (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Susan Shipton 
 
Casting by
John Buchan 
Jason Knight 
 
Production Design by
Phillip Barker 
 
Art Direction by
Barry Isenor 
 
Set Decoration by
Jim Lambie 
 
Costume Design by
Debra Hanson 
 
Makeup Department
Suzanne Benoit .... makeup department head
Peggy Kyriakidou .... assistant hair stylist
Zinka Shankland .... hair stylist
Ava Stone .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Stephen Traynor .... production manager
Douglas Wilkinson .... post-production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Doane Hanus .... trainee assistant director
Daniel J. Murphy .... first assistant director
Pierre Ouellet .... second assistant director
Fatima Palhetas .... trainee assistant director
John Sauvé .... third assistant director
 
Art Department
Elizabeth Bailey .... custom artwork
Craig Boland .... set dresser
Dave Bracken .... construction coordinator
Adam Brockie .... scenic painter
David Gonzales .... first assistant art director
Michael Harvey .... on-set carpenter
Rob Hepburn .... sets buyer
Jason Herriott .... key scenic
Jessie Hutchins .... set dresser
Jordan Kerner .... lead dresser
Mauro Lacaprara .... assistant property master
Sylvia Lange .... scenic painter
Stephen J. MacDougall .... set dresser (as Stephen MacDougall)
Kim Maticiw .... props buyer
Aaron Morrison .... second assistant art director
Eric Nufer .... assistant head carpenter
Alicia Remigio .... art department apprentice
Kenny Roy .... head painter (as Ken Roy)
Steve Stack .... on-set dresser (as Steven Stack)
Craig Tovell .... head carpenter
Paul Vernon .... property master
Steve Vero .... custom artwork
Susan Worts .... props buyer
 
Sound Department
Jenna Dalla Riva .... foley recording assistant
Brooke Graeff .... foley assistant
Goro Koyama .... foley artist
John Loranger .... assistant sound editor
Andy Malcolm .... foley artist
Paul McGlashan .... boom operator
Steve Munro .... sound designer
Steve Munro .... supervising sound editor
Daniel Pellerin .... supervising sound re-recording mixer
Jan Rudy .... sound re-recording mixer
Bissa Scekic .... sound mixer
Paul Shikata .... sound effects editor
David Drainie Taylor .... dialogue editor
Eric Vierhaus .... sound consultant: Dolby
Don White .... foley recording mixer
 
Special Effects by
David Antonacci .... second assistant special effects
Sean Armstrong .... special effects assistant
Dylan Hankinson .... special effects assistant
Brock Jolliffe .... special effects coordinator
Rudy Rivas .... key special effects
John Sandever .... first assistant special effects
Derek Bujalski .... special effects technician (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Ian Britton .... compositor: Rocket Science VFX
Robert Crowther .... visual effects supervisor: Rocket Science VFX
Hojin Park .... compositor: Rocket Science VFX (as Hojin Parks)
Tom Turnbull .... visual effects producer: Rocket Science VFX
Megumi Kanazawa .... digital compositor (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Ron Bell .... stunt performer
James Binkley .... stunt coordinator
Stewart Easun .... stunt performer
Edward A. Queffelec .... stunt performer (as Ed Queffelec)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Claude Barnes .... camera operator: epk
Jonathan Brown .... best boy electric
Randy Brown .... generator operator
Yvonne Collins .... first assistant camera
Bob Davidson .... gaffer
Harper Forbes .... key grip
Sophie Giraud .... still photographer
Shem Greig .... grip (as Shem Gregg)
Michael John .... grip
Stephan Maia .... camera loader
Joe McCormack .... dolly grip
Paul Michel .... electrician (as Paul 'Miguel' Michel)
Todd Moores .... grip
Beth Nobes .... second assistant camera
Richard Pengelly .... video playback operator
Steve Roberts .... electrician
Darren Boyce .... key rigging grip (uncredited)
Angela Chao .... loader (uncredited)
Chris Schillinger .... additional grip (uncredited)
Nicole Torok .... loader (uncredited)
Ian Watson .... still photographer (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Jane Rogers .... background casting
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Kelsey Hart .... costume truck coordinator
April Poppe .... costume truck coordinator
Crystal Olsen Silden .... assistant costume designer (as Crystal Silden)
Shannon Wilson .... set supervisor
Wing Lee .... wardrobe daily (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
John Bardswich .... project manager: Dekuxe
Cameron Davis .... additional editor
Alfredo Frasson .... color timer
Debbie Holland .... colorist: dailies
Ahmad Ismail .... digital opticals editor
Chris MacKenzie .... digital opticals editor (as Chris MacKenzie)
Dave Muscat .... digital opticals editor
Mila Patriki .... digital mastering colorist
Marc Roussel .... epk editor
Marc Roussel .... first assistant editor
Chris Wallace .... opticals digital intermediate colorist
Motassem Younes .... digital opticals editor
Cam McLauchlin .... telecine operator (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Stéphane Allard .... orchestra musician
Jane Ashworth .... assistant music clearances: S.L. Feldman & Associates
Mychael Danna .... orchestrator
Bogdan Djukic .... orchestra musician
Nicholas Dodd .... orchestrator
Eve Egoyan .... soloist: piano
Tom Hazlitt .... orchestra musician
Yi-Jia Susanne Hou .... soloist: violin
Chris Jackson .... assistant engineer
Ron Mah .... orchestra musician
Alan Molitz .... orchestra musician
Nick Papadakis .... orchestra musician
Dan Parr .... music copyist
Annalee Patipatanakoon .... musician: orchestra (as Analee Patipatanakoon)
Dennis Patterson .... assistant engineer
Adele Pierre .... orchestra musician
Teresa Rudolph .... orchestra musician
Ron Searles .... music mixer
Ron Searles .... music recordist
Lenny Solomon .... orchestra contractor
Lenny Solomon .... orchestra musician
Wendy Solomon .... orchestra musician
Amritha Vaz .... assistant to composer (as Amritha Fernandes Bakshi)
Sarah Webster .... music clearances (as Sarah Wester)
Winona Zelenka .... soloist: cello
 
Transportation Department
Steven 'Sparky' Carr .... transportation captain (as Stephen 'Sparky' Carr)
Mike Curran .... transportation coordinator
Michael Drysdale .... driver (as Mike Drysdale)
Larry Greer .... driver
Brian Jennison .... driver: honeywagon
Steve Lambert .... head driver
Steve May .... driver
Greg Wall .... driver
Steve Warren .... driver
 
Other crew
Susan Bassett .... first assistant accountant
Brenda Blake .... production lawyer
Cassie Bouchard .... set server
Joanne Brahos .... stand-in
Laurel Bresnahan .... education liaison
Lisa Burling .... script supervisor
Paul Callaghan .... location production assistant
Catherine Crawford .... assistant location manager
Cameron Davis .... technical advisor
Greg Denny .... assistant coordinator
Jonny Edmonds .... production assistant
Claude Forest .... insurance broker
Alice Wickwire Foster .... production coordinator
Lisa Ghione .... unit publicist
Doug Gillespie .... production accountant
Judy Gliserman .... set tutor
Sonia Hosko .... assistant to producers
Duncan Kennedy .... consultant: New Media
Martyn Krys .... production lawyer
David Mackey .... set server
Sam Malkin .... coordinator: loop group
Chris Mills .... stand-in
Karen S. Neasi .... product placement (as Karen Neasi)
Kyle O'Connor .... assistant location manager
Yaz Rabadi .... director observer
Graham Rogers .... production assistant
Daniel Sarkissian .... script analysis
Johanna Weinstein .... head title designer
William F. White .... production equipment: provided by
Eardley Wilmot .... location manager
Ramona Diaconescu .... daily script supervisor (uncredited)
Stephen Khalla .... location daily (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Michelle Beaudette .... thanks
Erica Benson .... thanks
Helen Brown .... thanks
Grace Cianciotta .... thanks
Wayne Clarkson .... thanks
Clare Cowling .... thanks
Andrew Cullen .... thanks
Sandra Cunningham .... thanks
Marina di Pancrazio .... thanks
Timothy Dingwall .... thanks
Michael Dorfman .... thanks
Jonathan Dyck .... thanks
Andrew Eddy .... thanks
John Galway .... thanks
Bryan Gliserman .... thanks
Martin Harbury .... thanks
David Hardy .... thanks
Moira Holmes .... thanks
Scott Johnstone .... thanks
Dan Lyon .... thanks
Anne MacKenzie .... thanks
Michelle Marion .... thanks
Charlotte Mickie .... thanks
Debra Muchnik .... thanks
Mark Musselman .... thanks
Dan Peel .... thanks
Carrie Paupst Shaughnessy .... thanks
Jim Sternberg .... thanks
Catherine Stuart .... thanks
James Weyman .... thanks
 

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MPAA:
Rated R for language
Runtime:
101 min | USA:100 min | France:100 min
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Aspect Ratio:
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Certification:
Argentina:13 | Australia:M | Canada:14A (Alberta/Manitoba/Ontario) | Canada:PG (British Columbia) | Canada:G (Quebec) | Germany:12 | Netherlands:12 | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:M18 | UK:15 | USA:R
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Goofs:
Continuity: When Sabine arrives at the door, it is gently snowing and her black coat has some snow on it. Once she enters the house (a different set, her coat no longer has snow on it and the rate of snow, as seen through the window behind her, is at a much faster rate.See more »
Quotes:
Simon:I think that this idea we get, that if you get to know someone, if you humanize them, it stops you from pulling the trigger or setting off the bomb or whatever, well that's just a myth we're taught, something we get from the movies. When the reality might be that's what actually inspires extreme action.See more »

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31 out of 43 people found the following review useful.
Flawed but ultimately effective and relevant film from Canadian master Egoyan, 26 September 2008
Author: ametaphysicalshark from prejudicemadeplausible.wordpress.com

I'm never going to be the most unbiased observer when it comes to any given Atom Egoyan movie. He is one of my favorite directors and certainly one of the best Canadian directors currently working, and I have enjoyed every one of his films, even the much derided "Where the Truth Lies", which I found to be a tremendously entertaining genre piece.

Still, I was concerned when news of the uninspiring critical response from Cannes came in, and even more concerned when I noticed that the film received several extremely negative reviews, some of them from critics whose tastes match mine. Having now seen "Adoration" at CIFF I'm not going to pretend I can't see where they're coming from- the film is a little preachy, there's bits of acting which are poor, there's a weakness to Egoyan's writing in that he seems to want to touch on every possible viewpoint on the issues being explored here within this running time, and occasionally it comes off as a little desperate.

None of that keeps "Adoration" from being an intensely involving film, and a powerful one as well; a film about prejudices, loss, the power of technology, and the effect of fiction on reality and vice versa will always be topical, but given the actual plot of the film it is particularly relevant to today's world. "Adoration" revolves around Simon (played by Devon Bostick), an orphaned teenager born to a Palestinian father and a white, North American mother, who both died in a car accident when he was a child, and was raised afterwards by his uncle Tom (played brilliantly by Scott Speedman). When Simon writes a story about a terrorist who conceals a bomb inside his pregnant girlfriend's luggage before she boards a plane to Israel and imagines himself as the unborn child that is almost killed by the terrorist bomb (a story which has parallels to his racist and intolerant grandfather's version of the story of how Simon's parents died), his drama and French teacher encourages him to share it with his class, passing it off as truth. What she didn't predict was that Simon would post the story online, creating crazed debates and political agendas. The story doesn't revolve around these discussions, but rather develops from there into a character drama which grows in quality as the film moves forward.

Egoyan does not necessarily hit a home run every time when it comes to his work as a director, but he has never shown incompetence or lack of ability and doesn't do so here. Egoyan's writing, on the other hand, is far more inconsistent and likely to cause issues. As mentioned earlier his writing here is somewhat problematic, but not nearly as bad as certain critics would have you believe. For one, "Adoration" often reminded me of discussion groups I have attended on Islamist terrorism, and the dialogue here, criticized for being artificial and even 'ridiculous' is very true to the sort of dialogue you would get out of a group interested in the topic. The only thing lacking, actually, during the chatroom scenes, was a Muslim voice, which would have only added to the dynamic and realism. Also, as heavy-handed as certain sections are here (though "Crash" makes this film look like the subtlest ever made, so it's not that bad), it's also a film which has a lot to say about human nature and our natural response to the environment we live in and to those surrounding us.

"Adoration" is an effective and intelligent look at topical and relevant issues, but really shines as an examination of the nature of human thought, the results of the sort of environment which surrounds us, where hatred and prejudice is born, and ultimately as a character study of three individuals who all need to overcome events in their past by embracing and fully understanding them.

8/10

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