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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.


Atom Egoyan


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


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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Did You Know?


Elias Koteas's first scene has him speaking into a microphone to the clients in the Exotica club. Koteas' first scene in Crash (1996) has him talking into a microphone to an equally selective audience. See more »


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 »


Eric: He comes in here every other night. He has his favorite drink, and his favourite table, with his favorite dancer. Sometimes he has to wait for her, and sometimes she's waiting for him, to protect him. She's his angel.
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Messed up people in shallow egotistic system
19 January 2021 | by perica-43151See all my reviews

This movie tells a story of a grieving father of young murdered daughter, who finds psy-cho-pathological outlet in sponsoring two babysitters of her late kid. One works in a strip-club, a place where typical anglo-saxon parenting "skills" have sent many a young girl, while the other, possibly his niece, still fake babysits dead child in fact using his nice apartment for flute rehearsals while her father is possibly a brother with whom protagonist wife cheated him, later to die in car crash whilst brother remains wheelchair ridden. Another thread is about a flaming hom-osex-ual boy who is also a smuggler of exotic endangered pets, for imperial-ist benefit of Canadian conformist hypo-crites, who lives his promi-scuo-ous petty life by picking up people at the operas, once picking a ne-gro-officer policeman who steals his exotic eggs. The main protagonist is in fact auditor who is about to bust the smuggler boy, but ends up using him for his private purposes. In the mix is also a former lover of the babysitter-turned-go-go-dancer, a failed radio-host now employed by the stri-pclub madam who contracted him for impregna-tion purposes. The sick-to-the head relationships are only slightly off compared to anglo-saxon messed up shallow standard of interpersonal "humanity", whose sickness to the head is exported through the world on NA-TO airpl-anes, targeted assa-ssinations and other perks of living imperialist legacy. The director, in order to create some tension, puts pieces out of chronological order, trying to manipulate us into assuming pe-do plot but while q-an-on type reality is indeed normalized in anglosa-xon elite society, feeling that something is amiss is present through the movie and keeps some interest. The film is a highly stylized and mildly successful attempt to generate some empathy for the sick society and its enablers, director included.

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English | Hebrew

Release Date:

24 March 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office


CAD2,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$100,654, 5 March 1995

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby | Dolby SR



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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