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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, trying to find solace - but even there his past hides among him.

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Atom Egoyan

Writer:

Atom Egoyan
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Cast

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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Details

Country:

Canada

Language:

English | Hebrew

Release Date:

24 March 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Exótica See more »

Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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Box Office

Budget:

CAD 2,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$4,183,379
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby | Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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The cuts on Francis's face change size & shape throughout the movie after he gets thrown out of Exotica. See more »

Quotes

Eric: Mmm, what? What is it? What is it that gives a school-girl her special innocence? Is it the way they smell? The sweet smell of their perfume... , of their hair? The aroma of fresh flowers... , and all that other stuff that hasn't been fucked up by late nights and a lot 'a bad food? Is it their gestures... , and the way they move? The way their body still holds on to some semblance of self-respect and... , and dignity? When they wrap their beautiful legs around you - tight, holding on - looking ...
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References Taxi Driver (1976) See more »

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Fresh Has Jus B'Gun Remix
Performed by MVP
Written by Courtney Cunningham, Franz Malvoism, Kevin Coleey and Philip Cole (MVP)
Courtesy of Full Flex Management and Productions
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A fractured movie about a fractured life
21 December 1998 | by jon-88See all my reviews

Perhaps Atom Egoyan's most successful film. Egoyan's technique is to fracture a story like a jigsaw puzzle, giving the viewer bits and pieces which only all connect in the final scene. That ripping apart of reality is especially appropriate here, since the movie is about people putting their lives together after terrible trauma. It's also about the danger in leaping to conclusions - the viewer is often tempted to make a judgement about what he or she sees, and that judgement is often both wrong and unfair. If this all sounds like homework, be assured that the movie is also a lot of fun: it's sexy and interesting and inspired.


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