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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 »

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Atom Egoyan

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Atom Egoyan
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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 Counter
Hrant Alianak ... Administrator
John Shafer John Shafer ... Private Detective
Garfield Andrews Garfield Andrews ... Hotel Bellboy
Edwin Stephenson Edwin Stephenson ... Video Salesman
Aino Pirskanen 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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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 September 1988 (Australia) See more »

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Budget:

CAD 160,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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My Least Favorite Egoyan
13 June 2016 | by gavin6942See all my reviews

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.

At this point, I have seen almost all of the films of Atom Egoyan. This was definitely my least favorite. Not that it was horrible, and I have to give him some credit because he is clearly working with no budget... but this is just not the masterpiece that, say, "Exotica" is. Its clever concepts are bogged down by dull characters.

The lack of emotion from some characters, and questionable motives of others are quite interesting, but never fully realized.


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