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Next of Kin (1984)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama | 30 November 1984 (Canada)
Unhappy living with his loveless parents, a young man convinces a family of Armenian immigrants that he's their long-lost son and moves in with them, improving all of their lives in the process.


Atom Egoyan


Atom Egoyan
2 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Patrick Tierney Patrick Tierney ... Peter Foster
Berj Fazlian Berj Fazlian ... George Deryan (as Berj Fazalian)
Sirvart Fazlian Sirvart Fazlian ... Sonya Deryan
Arsinée Khanjian ... Azah Deryan
Margaret Loveys Margaret Loveys ... Mrs. Foster
Thomas Tierney Thomas Tierney ... Mr. Foster
Phil Rash Phil Rash ... Foster Counsellor
Paul Babiak Paul Babiak ... Deryan Counsellor
Constantino Magnatta Constantino Magnatta ... Video Operator (as Tino Magnatta)
Andrew Coyne Andrew Coyne ... Counsellor in Elevator
Peg Christopherson Peg Christopherson ... Counsellor in Elevator
Linzee Collins Linzee Collins ... Receptionist
Robert Kosoy Robert Kosoy ... Boy in Store
Charmaine Lord Charmaine Lord ... Stripper
Hagop Apkarian Hagop Apkarian


Twenty-three year old Peter Foster, who still lives at home, used to find it entertaining to hear his parents continually argue in not liking each other very much. He no longer finds the situation entertaining, he coping by sleeping long hours, and retreating into a world of make believe. As Peter has been caught a few times in that fantasy world, his parents decide to deal with it by entering into family counseling, the sessions which are to be videotaped and to be viewed by each individual family member on their own before the subsequent session to view themselves objectively. After the first session, Peter is able to convince the counselor that part of his individual therapy should be to go away for a week, which Mr. Foster gladly pays for for the greater good of the family. Peter is to keep a diary, written or audio recorded, each day of his time away. What Peter really has in mind is to delve deeper into that world of make believe. He has learned of an immigrant family in Toronto... Written by Huggo

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Peter wasn't happy with his family, so he found a new one


Comedy | Drama


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First feature film directed by Atom Egoyan. Prior to this film, he had only made short films. See more »


References The Graduate (1967) See more »

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An underestimated and little known film
6 March 1999 | by Mike-590See all my reviews

Atom Egoyan's first feature length film is highly unknown and even somewhat hard to find. It is really a great film though. It is about a young man who's having problems with his WASP family. While going to "video" therapy, he sees an Armenian couple who gave their son up for adoption. What follows is a remarkable film about searching for yourself and for the perfect family. Like most of Egoyan's films it is set in an unknown city and country, and he never says the family is Armenian but we learn from their culture they are. I like that fact because he lets the viewers make up their minds as to what country it is in and so forth.

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Release Date:

30 November 1984 (Canada) See more »

Also Known As:

Közeli rokon See more »

Filming Locations:

Ontario, Canada See more »


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CAD37,000 (estimated)
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Ego Film Arts See more »
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1.33 : 1
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