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Exotica (1994)

R | | Drama | 24 March 1995 (USA)
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A man whose daughter recently died becomes obsessed with a dancer in the night club Exotica.

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Atom Egoyan

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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

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

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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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Budget:

CAD 2,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$4,183,379
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Dolby | Dolby SR

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Color

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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 »

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Eric: Yeah! Bring those big hairy palms together, gentlemen, have a nice big, round of applause... for Kali! Kali. Yes, indeed, Kali. And you, too, can - you, too, can have Kali come over to your table for only five dollars, where she can show you the mysteries of her world. Trust me, gentlemen, trust me.
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Everybody Knows
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Written by Leonard Cohen and Sharon Robinson
Published by Leonard Cohen Stranger Music, Inc. (BMI) and Geffen Music
Courtesy of Sony Music Entertainment (Canada) Inc.
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The most haunting film of the decade
2 November 2002 | by tmensamaster-2See all my reviews

Atom Egoyan's 'Exotica' is in my opinion, his best film to date and one of the best films of the decade. I originally watched the film late at night on a channel called 'Showcase' which doesn't edit their movies. I'd heard of the director, Atom Egoyan, but hadn't seen any of his films. After the credits began to roll, I sat there absorbing its impact. This is a film where all the secrets and the characters motivations are not revealed until the end [not a bad thing]. The film creates an atmosphere of sadness and melancholy that is spellbinding and the plot itself is a compelling one.

The film is almost 'Magnolia' in a strip club. I say that because it is about several characters whose lives are so interconnected they will inevitably meet. If one person were removed, their lives might just collapse. One of the characters, played by Bruce Greenwood has a destiny that will, in fact. meet up with one of the club's young dancers and the DJ, something we do not expect. We make assumptions about characters, whether they or good or bad. I don't know how many times I was wrong. The film twists so deviously yet so quietly and deliberately. We don't know anyone's full story until the end, which reveals something so heartbreaking, it almost tears the fabric of the movie.

Of note is the movie's cinematography and music. Some of the music is eroticised, creating the atmosphere of the strip club. But others, like a haunting piece that plays over the 'field scene' are breathtaking. That piece of music has to be one of the most effective and beautiful piece of music I have ever heard. Whoever did it [ I believe it was Michael Danner or something] has to be commended for creating a piece I will always remember. The cinematography is just as effective. It is darkly filmed, with some graininess but vaguely rich. The field scene has a yellow tinge to it: It feels almost heavenly. From what is revealed later, it is anything but heavenly......

An amazing film that must be seen by thinking moviegoers. From the way it was advertised and the video box art, it looks like some voyeuristic porno. It is anything but. After seeing Egoyan's other films, like 'Felicia's Journey' and 'The Sweet Hereafter', it must be concluded that this is his most accomplished film. Truly haunting, hypnotic and emotionally draining........... A Perfect 10.


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