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Exotica (1994)

R | | Drama | 24 March 1995 (USA)
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A man plagued by neuroses frequents the club Exotica in an attempt to find solace, but even there his past is never far away.

Director:

Atom Egoyan

Writer:

Atom Egoyan
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Complete credited cast:
Bruce Greenwood ... Francis / Tax auditor
Mia Kirshner ... Christina / Stripper
Don McKellar ... Thomas / Petshop owner
Elias Koteas ... Eric / Club's DJ
Arsinée Khanjian ... Zoe / Club owner
Victor Garber ... Harold / Francis' brother
Sarah Polley ... Tracey / Harold's daughter
David Hemblen ... Customs Inspector
Calvin Green Calvin Green ... Customs Officer
Jack Blum ... Scalper
Ken McDougall ... Club Doorman
Peter Krantz Peter Krantz ... Man in Taxi
Billy Merasty Billy Merasty ... Man at Opera
Damon D'Oliveira ... David / Man at Opera
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Storyline

This psychological thriller is true to its subjects as well as being complex, dynamic, and overly dramatic. How something so long ago, seemingly trivial, years later with more significant trauma, turns repressed emotions into a dysfunctional life and distorted thinking. This is all merged into a psychological menagerie that unfolds piece by piece to perfection. Written by benignjamin

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In a world of temptation, obsession is the deadliest desire.

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Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some sexuality and language | See all certifications »

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Trivia

When the film was being advertised through newspapers in the Philippines, the banner states "Strong warning by the MTRCB (Movie and Television Ratings Classification Board) - strictly for adults only. This film is approved without cuts because of its artistic value." See more »

Goofs

In one scene when Eric is talking with Cristina walking on the grass, you can see a microphone at the top of the screen. See more »

Quotes

Zoe: What is this thing about Eric calling you "a sassy piece of jailbait"?
Christina: What's this thing?
Zoe: It bothers me.
Christina: Why?
Zoe: It makes you out like a child or something.
Christina: Unlike the tartan skirt and my socks or the blouse or the way I act, right?
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Connections

Featured in Indie Sex: Taboos (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

Impromptu, Op. 90 No. 4
Performed by Eve Egoyan
Written by Franz Schubert
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strange, haunting, mesmerising
27 January 2000 | by cromwell-3See all my reviews

Egoyan's movies (excepting perhaps "The Sweet Hereafter") are coolly detached, intellectual essays that relentlessly investigate the same theme: how do postmodernists deal with loss? In "Exotica," Egoyan finally goes past the techno-theoretical trickery that informs "Family Viewing," "Calendar" and "The Adjustor," past all the Baudrillardian commentary to tell a real story of a man's heartbreaking attempts to re-assemble his world after its savage, random devastation. (OK, Egoyan doesn't abandon his lit-crit background completely; the elaborate shots of everyone-watching-everyone and/or voyeuristically getting the goods on everyone or/and generally cruising the mise-en-scene will inspire heated recognitions in graduate schools everywhere; but the actual _story_ pulses on bleakly, brilliantly.) Don't be fooled by its video-marketing as some kind of softcore/action Zalmankingthing: the movie is a profound mystery; it will leave you absolutely demolished.


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Country:

Canada

Language:

English | Hebrew

Release Date:

24 March 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Exotica See more »

Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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Box Office

Budget:

CAD2,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$100,654, 5 March 1995

Gross USA:

$4,221,036

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,221,036
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Dolby | Dolby SR

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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