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Exotica (1994)

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A man whose daughter recently died becomes obsessed with a dancer in the night club Exotica.

Director:

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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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

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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A chantar
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GREAT MOVIE...MISLEADING ART WORK
28 April 2002 | by RMurray847See all my reviews

When you first look at the VHS box for this movie, it looks like a slightly upscale version of Showgirl. Nothing could be further from the truth. This is a sad, painful, mysterious movie that explores human relationships in a very unusual way. Yes, lots of it takes place at a strip club,but it's not very sexy or explicit.

You have to pay careful attention to this movie. It bounces around in time, and all the threads of the plot don't come totally together until the very last moment of the movie. But it has a devastating and gripping payoff. ONLY FOR INTELLIGENT MOVIE GOERS. It's a tough movie, kinda slow, but it is unusual, inventive and in my opinion, very satisfying.

Also recommend THE SWEET HEREAFTER, directed by Atom Egoyan as well. Same fractured structure and sense of sadness. But beautiful.


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