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Ararat (2002)

R | | Drama, War | 6 December 2002 (USA)
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Interrogated by a customs officer, a young man recounts how his life was changed during the making of a film about the Armenian genocide.

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Arshile Gorky
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Ani
Setta Keshishian ...
Dinner Guest / Wailing Mother
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Shant Srabian ...
Dinner Guest #3 / Doctor #1
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Celia
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Brent Carver ...
Philip
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Tony
Christie MacFadyen ...
Janet
Dawn Roach ...
Customs Officer
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Young Gorky
Lousnak Abdalian ...
Gorky's Mother
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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>

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In a world full of denial, how do you determine who's telling the truth? See more »

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Drama | War

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Rated R for violence, sexuality/nudity and language | See all certifications »
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Opening Weekend USA:

$211,130, 17 November 2002, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,554,566, 26 January 2003
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Director Atom Egoyan [born Atom Yeghoyan] is a Canadian citizen of Armenian descent. Other Armenian film artists include Sergei Parajanov [born Sarkis Hovsepi Parajaniants], Henri Verneuil [born Ashot Malakian], Charles Aznavour [born Chahnour Varinag Aznavourian], Cher, Haig Manoogian, Rouben Mamoulian, Robert Guédiguian, Richard C. Sarafian, Francis Veber, Anna Melikyan, Aram Avakian, Albert Hughes and Allen Hughes. See more »

Quotes

David: [takes out pomegranate] You can't bring this in.
Edward Saroyan: [endearingly] Please.
David: No fruit or vegetables, that includes pomegranates. it's on your form.
Edward Saroyan: I like to eat the seed of this fruit. One each day. For luck.
David: I'm sorry, that's not allowed.
[Mr Saroyan takes out his penknife and cuts the fruit open]
David: What are you doing?
Edward Saroyan: This way, I don't need to bring it in. I eat it here, at the gate of your country. Look
[takes a bite and nods agreeingly]
Edward Saroyan: So, I bring luck in my stomach. Will you try it?
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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 »


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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)
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Disappointing
6 August 2004 | by See all my reviews

This is a very flawed movie by a well-regarded director.

One major problem is the star-role presence of his ubiquitous (in his films) wife, who can't act well and simply cannot use her voice expressively or effectively. Her monotonic droning, in film after film, is irritating.

Another is that he doesn't have the directorial chops to film in an epic style such as the Armenian battle scenes require.

The lopsided voting pattern here seems to be the result of ethnocentric ballot-box stuffing. All those "10"s could only mean that thousands of Egoyan's compatriots have invaded the board and voted politically rather than esthetically or rationally.


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