6.6/10
10,937
177 user 71 critic

Ararat (2002)

R | | Drama, War | 6 December 2002 (USA)
Trailer
1:32 | Trailer

On Disc

at Amazon

Interrogated by a customs officer, a young man recounts how his life was changed during the making of a film about the Armenian genocide.

Director:

Atom Egoyan

Writer:

Atom Egoyan
12 wins & 13 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

1915 (2015)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  

Exactly 100 years after the Armenian Genocide, a theatre director stages a play to bring the ghosts of the past back to life.

Directors: Garin Hovannisian, Alec Mouhibian
Stars: Simon Abkarian, Angela Sarafyan, Sam Page
Mother (1991)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

In 1915 a genocide happened in the Ottoman Empire and about 1.5 million Armenians were systematically murdered by the government of the Young Turks. This is a movie about the life of a ... See full summary »

Director: Henri Verneuil
Stars: Claudia Cardinale, Omar Sharif, Nathalie Roussel
Documentary | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

The iconic "1915 Armenian Genocide" was originally produced in 1980 (digitally restored and re-released in 2010) is based on the eyewitness accounts of four survivors whose compelling story... See full summary »

Director: Mark Bedrosian
Stars: Paul Schaefer
Armenian Genocide (TV Movie 2006)
Documentary | History | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

The first Genocide of the 20th century when over a million Armenians died at the hands of the Ottoman Turks during World War I, between 1915 and 1918.

Director: Andrew Goldberg
Stars: Julianna Margulies, Ron Suny, Peter Balakian
Mother (1992)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

This film recounts Henri Verneuil's relationship with his father who had brought his Armenian family to Marseille, France, in order to escape from the Armenian Genocide in the Ottoman Empire.

Director: Henri Verneuil
Stars: Richard Berry, Omar Sharif, Nathalie Roussel
Drama | History | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Aurora Mardiganian, a young and beautiful Armenian girl, lives with her parents in the Turkish city of Havpoul. Her father, a prosperous merchant, was preparing to send her to the West to ... See full summary »

Director: Oscar Apfel
Stars: Aurora Mardiganian, Irving Cummings, Anna Q. Nilsson
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A US Senator's son (Jaime Kennedy) who attempts to forget the break up of his fiancée, is forced to vacation in Turkey by his best friends. A para-sailing trip mishap lands him in a small ... See full summary »

Director: Gor Kirakosian
Stars: Angela Sarafyan, Jamie Kennedy, Dave Sheridan
Screamers (2006)
Documentary | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Internationally known director Carla Garapedian follows the rock band System of a Down as they tour Europe and the US pointing out the horrors of modern genocide that began in Armenia in 1915 up though Darfur today.

Director: Carla Garapedian
Stars: Taner Akçam, Hrant Dink, John Dolmayan
Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A stirring and stunning story of an aristocratic family who is unexpectedly swept into the ravages of World War I and a forbidden passion that may be the family's only hope.

Directors: Paolo Taviani, Vittorio Taviani
Stars: Paz Vega, Moritz Bleibtreu, Alessandro Preziosi
Aghet - Ein Völkermord (TV Movie 2010)
Documentary | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Director: Eric Friedler
Stars: Hermann Beyer, Samuel Finzi, Martina Gedeck
The Cut I (2014)
Adventure | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

In 1915 a man survives the Armenian genocide in the Ottoman Empire, but loses his family, speech and faith. One night he learns that his twin daughters may be alive, and goes on a quest to find them.

Director: Fatih Akin
Stars: Tahar Rahim, Simon Abkarian, Makram Khoury
Calendar (1993)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A photographer and his wife take photographs of Armenian churches for use in a calendar. Their driver, a local resident, expounds on the history of the churches while the wife translates. ... See full summary »

Director: Atom Egoyan
Stars: Arsinée Khanjian, Ashot Adamyan, Atom Egoyan
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Simon Abkarian ... Arshile Gorky
Charles Aznavour ... Edward Saroyan
Christopher Plummer ... David
Arsinée Khanjian ... Ani
Setta Keshishian Setta Keshishian ... Dinner Guest / Wailing Mother
David Alpay ... Raffi
Shant Srabian Shant Srabian ... Dinner Guest #3 / Doctor #1
Marie-Josée Croze ... Celia
Elias Koteas ... Ali / Jevdet Bay
Brent Carver Brent Carver ... Philip
Max Morrow ... Tony
Christie MacFadyen Christie MacFadyen ... Janet
Dawn Roach Dawn Roach ... Customs Officer
Garen Boyajian ... Young Gorky
Lousnak Abdalian Lousnak Abdalian ... Gorky's Mother
Edit

Storyline

People tell stories. In Toronto, an art historian lectures on Arshile Gorky (1904 -1948), an Armenian painter who lived through the Armenian Genocide in the Ottoman Empire. A director invites the historian to help him include Gorky's story in a film about the genocide and Turkish assault on the town of Van. The historian's family is under stress: her son is in love with his step-sister, who blames the historian for the death of her father. The daughter wants to revisit her father's death and change that story. An aging customs agent tells his son about his long interview with the historian's son, who has returned from Turkey with canisters of film. All the stories connect. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

A Quest For Truth... Among Lies, Deception And Denial. See more »

Genres:

Drama | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence, sexuality/nudity and language | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

egofilmarts.com [Canada] | Miramax | See more »

Country:

Canada | France

Language:

English | Armenian | French | German | Turkish

Release Date:

6 December 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Araratas See more »

Filming Locations:

Canada See more »

Edit

Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$211,130, 17 November 2002, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,554,566, 26 January 2003
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Charles Aznavour plays a character named Edward Saroyan. In the famous François Truffaut film Shoot the Piano Player (1960) Aznavour played a lead character with a very similar name: Edouard Saroyan. See more »

Quotes

Ani: Did you give her my book?
Raffi: This is too weird for me.
Ani: What is weird Raffi?
[pause]
Ani: Smoking pot, or sleeping with you step-sister?
See more »

Crazy Credits

Closing disclaimers: 1) The historical events in this film have been substantiated by holocaust scholars, national archives, and eyewitness accounts, including that of Clarence Ussher. 2) To this day, Turkey continues to deny the Armenian Genocide of 1915. See more »

Connections

References Swordfish (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

Mystery
Written by Gord Downie (as Gordon Downie) and Atom Egoyan
Performed by Gord Downie (as Gordon Downie)
From the album "Coke Machine Glow"
Courtesy of Wiener Art Records - copyright 2000
Copyright 2000 - Wiener Art (SOCAN)/Egoyan Ego Film Arts (SOCAN)
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
a giant multi-colored tapestry
24 January 2005 | by stephen-357See all my reviews

A film within a film within a film that plays out through a myriad of interconnected stories sewn into a giant multi-colored tapestry. The so called "Armenian holocaust" is the fabric from which director Egoyan spins his narrative, and this event so heavily laden with emotional baggage, becomes almost impossible to approach with intellectual objectivity. The lines between fact and fiction are constantly blurred as in a scene where the protagonist walks onto a movie set about the "holocaust" and one of the characters scolds her, not as an actor, but as a very real character from that time. At times this constant commingling loses focus, but Egoyan's heartfelt attempt to bring back the dead through his art imitating art approach, succeeds surprisingly well. Although the "holocaust" is shown graphically, Egoyan is aware that we connect most deeply with that to which we can all relate, and this is shown right from the start as an artist attempts to transfer his childhood memories of murdered loved ones to a painter's canvas; the details of a mothers dress . . . the skin of a mothers hand . . . her fingers knitting a quilt. The vivid colors and simple reality of that hand are so compelling they can reach out across decades of despair to caress the forehead, reduce fever, and impart a sense of belonging - a reason for being. From this inauspicious beginning, Egoyan is able to arrive at a much greater truth: the inherent need for human beings to believe in something - whether or not that belief is grounded in reality or can be proved scientifically. Finally, ARATAT concludes with a simple truth that is just as powerful: the immeasurable but often neglected joy at being able to look upon our loved ones and to hold them in an embrace of life.


28 of 50 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 177 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page



Recently Viewed