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Calendar (1993)

A photographer and his wife take photographs of Armenian churches for use in a calendar. Their driver, a local resident, expounds on the history of the churches while the wife translates. ... See full summary »

Director:

Atom Egoyan

Writer:

Atom Egoyan
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Complete credited cast:
Arsinée Khanjian ... Translator
Ashot Adamyan ... Driver (as Ashot Adamian)
Atom Egoyan ... Photographer
Michelle Bellerose Michelle Bellerose ... Guest
Natalia Jasen Natalia Jasen ... Guest
Susan Hamann ... Guest
Sveta Kohli Sveta Kohli ... Guest
Viva Tsvetnova Viva Tsvetnova ... Guest
Roula Said Roula Said ... Guest (as Rula Said)
Annie Szamosi Annie Szamosi ... Guest
Anna Pappas Anna Pappas ... Guest
Amanda Martínez ... Guest (as Amanda Martinez)
Diane Kofri Diane Kofri ... Guest
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A photographer and his wife take photographs of Armenian churches for use in a calendar. Their driver, a local resident, expounds on the history of the churches while the wife translates. The photographer becomes jealous of his wife's bonding with the driver. In a series of flash-forwards, the photographer stages identical dinners with several women, who pretend to talk on the phone while he writes. His wife, now estranged from him, leaves repeated messages on his answering machine, asking why he never contacts her. Yet another thought-provoking look into strange, intertwined relationships from the always enigmatic Egoyan.

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Film was mostly improvised, and made for barely $80,000. See more »

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Referenced in Somewhere Beautiful (2014) See more »

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Without You
Written and Arranged by John Grimaldi
Performed by Studebaker John and the Hawks
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Perhaps not entirely successful, but definitely good and well worth seeing
4 September 2006 | by zetesSee all my reviews

A small project wedged between his first two more mainstream products, The Adjuster and Exotica, Calendar stars the director and his wife, Arsinée Khanjian as a photographer and his wife. They are traveling to different Armenian churches in order to photograph them for a calendar. Both of them are Armenian by heritage, but he is disconnected from it, while she speaks the language (and acts as translator). During the trip, their Armenian guide begins to grow closer to the wife. The film actually takes place much later, as Egoyan, now no longer with his wife, is trying to duplicate her by holding "auditions" with women, presumably re-enacting the first meeting with his ex. It's all rather confusing. I never quite figured it all out. I'm not sure the film works. I liked all the stuff about the Armenian churches (some beautiful images here, and the film's style in these scenes is great), but the whole narrative about the dates never seemed to come to fruition. However, it is an extremely interesting film, and it's rather haunting at the end. Calendar itself may feel somewhat incomplete, but Egoyan is definitely a fully-fledged artist here. The only earlier film of his I've seen, Speaking Parts, did not communicate his talent. This is definitely worth seeing, especially as it only runs at 75 minutes.


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Release Date:

3 June 1993 (Germany) See more »

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CAD80,000 (estimated)
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