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Family Viewing (1987)

Not Rated | | Drama | 1 September 1988 (Australia)
Van's father, Stan, is fond of video, always taping scenes of daily family life. But he does not take care of Van's grandmother, Armen. Although he could afford having her at home, she is ... See full summary »

Director:

Atom Egoyan

Writer:

Atom Egoyan
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3 wins & 9 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
David Hemblen ... Stan
Aidan Tierney Aidan Tierney ... Van
Gabrielle Rose ... Sandra
Arsinée Khanjian ... Aline
Selma Keklikian Selma Keklikian ... Armen
Jeanne Sabourin Jeanne Sabourin ... Aline's Mother
Rose Sarkisyan Rose Sarkisyan ... Van's Mother
Vasag Baghboudarian Vasag Baghboudarian ... Young Van
David MacKay David MacKay ... Man Behind Counters
Hrant Alianak ... Administrator
John Shafer John Shafer ... Private Detective
Garfield Andrews Garfield Andrews ... Hotel Bellboy
Edwin Stephenson Edwin Stephenson ... Video Salesman
Aino Pirskanen ... Mistaken Woman
Souren Chekijian Souren Chekijian ... Priest at Funeral
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Van's father, Stan, is fond of video, always taping scenes of daily family life. But he does not take care of Van's grandmother, Armen. Although he could afford having her at home, she is spending her days watching TV in an old people's home. Van often visits her. He meets Aline, whose mother is in the next bed. Van wants to get his grandma out of the old people's home. Aline will help. Actually, Van, whose mother left, years ago, is looking for a real family life. Written by Yepok

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Drama

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Van: I've been feeling kinda weird lately.
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References Endless Love (1981) See more »

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Family Viewing is Egoyan's clinical dissection of a society both ailed and strengthened by alienation and peculiarity
18 February 2020 | by lasttimeisawSee all my reviews

"In the mode of a shoestring production, FAMILY VIEWING makes a good fist of probing the fundamentals of watching and being watched, all the scenes in Stan's condominium apartment are grainy, low-resolution home video footage that slowly unravels the insalubrious sides behind a closed door: Van's transgressive attachment with Sandra is semi-incestuous (Rose is charismatically affectionate to countervail the relationship's uncomfortable intimacy); Stan's sexual proclivity involves making home videos of his sex act and enacting phone sex with Rose through a third party (which is also Aline's avocation to earn extra money), the peculiar attention to unorthodox sexuality and social malaise has been one of the leitmotifs among his corpus, and here, Egoyan shows his acute acumen and felicity that leavens the narrative with strangely invoked aplomb and a knowingness that is devoid of neither mean-spirited judgements, nor simple sensationalization."

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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 September 1988 (Australia) See more »

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Black Comedy... See more »

Filming Locations:

Ontario, Canada See more »

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Budget:

CAD160,000 (estimated)
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Mono

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Black and White (surveillance footage)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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