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A struggling actor's job as a hotel custodian is a front for his real job: being rented out as a gigolo by his supervisor. A co-worker is obsessed with him, but he ignores and avoids her. ... See full summary »

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Atom Egoyan

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael McManus ... Lance
Arsinée Khanjian ... Lisa
Gabrielle Rose ... Clara
Tony Nardi ... Eddy
David Hemblen ... Producer
Patricia Collins ... Housekeeper
Gerard Parkes ... Father
Jacqueline Samuda ... Bride (as Jackie Samuda)
Peter Krantz Peter Krantz ... Groom
Patrick Tierney Patrick Tierney ... Eddy's colleague at video store
Robert Dodds Robert Dodds ... Doctor
Leszek Lis Leszek Lis ... Friend of the Housekeeper
Sharon Corder Sharon Corder ... Hotel Manager (voice)
David MacKay David MacKay ... Man at the Party
Teresa Hunt Teresa Hunt ... Women at the Party
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A struggling actor's job as a hotel custodian is a front for his real job: being rented out as a gigolo by his supervisor. A co-worker is obsessed with him, but he ignores and avoids her. He leaves his acting resume in the hotel room of a screenwriter, who is casting for a TV movie based on the true story of her deceased brother. She hires him to play the lead and the two begin an affair. She becomes increasingly distraught as it becomes evident that the movie's producer is changing her story. Egoyan's trademark tangle of bizarre relationships surrounds the protagonists on their way to a mind-blowing conclusion. A hypnotic, fascinating film.

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Love - Passion - Obsession

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Drama | Romance

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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 July 1990 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Guiones cambiados See more »

Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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Budget:

CAD 350,000 (estimated)
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Mono

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Color

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1.37 : 1
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One of the best films of the 1980s
14 January 2007 | by bastard_wisherSee all my reviews

Small aspects of this film seem a bit dated, but Egoyan makes up for it by being so astonishingly innovative with everything else. It's strange to think that lost among the sea of crap that is most 80s cinema, is this deeply idiosyncratic ode to alienation that predates so much that has been come to be taken for granted in international art cinema. David Lynch is the only other filmmaker in North America I can think of who was even close to doing films this interesting in the 80s. Steven Soderbergh pretty much owes "Sex, Lies, and Videotape", and thus his entire career, to having the balls to steal what Egoyan was doing, relatively unseen, at the time, and passing off his own watered-down version.


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