For his French-class assignment, a high school student weaves his family history in a news story involving terrorism, and goes on to invite an Internet audience in on the resulting controversy.

Director:

Atom Egoyan

Writer:

Atom Egoyan
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Devon Bostick ... Simon
Rachel Blanchard ... Rachel
Louca Tassone Louca Tassone ... Young Simon
Kenneth Welsh ... Morris
Yuval Daniel Yuval Daniel ... Security Agent
Scott Speedman ... Tom
Jeremy Wright Jeremy Wright ... Delivery Guy
Arsinée Khanjian ... Sabine
Noam Jenkins ... Sami
Thomas Hauff ... Nick
Martin Roach ... Car Owner
Ieva Lucs Ieva Lucs ... Berating Woman
Katie Boland ... Hannah
Hailee Sisera ... Jennifer
Lia Bellefontaine Lia Bellefontaine ... Student On-Line
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Storyline

Simon, a Toronto high school student, has been raised by his maternal Uncle Tom since Simon's parents, Rachel and Sami, died in a car accident eight years ago. Tom, a tow truck driver, decided to move to the city into Rachel's house and assume the mortgage, something he could ill afford, largely not to disrupt Simon's life, but equally to get away from his and Rachel's father, Morris, an openly bigoted man. That upbringing has made Tom a sullen and angry man. Morris only recently passed away. Rachel and Sami met when she, a violinist, brought her instrument in to be serviced, Sami the repairman. Simon now owns his mother's expensive violin, which Tom would like to sell to help pay the mortgage and Simon's imminent university tuition. One day at school, Simon's French teacher Sabine reads a French newspaper story from several years ago as a translation exercise for the class, the story about a pregnant woman traveling to Israel, her then boyfriend who, unknown to her, planted a bomb in... Written by Huggo

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Genres:

Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Budgeted at $6 million. See more »

Goofs

When Sabine arrives at the door, it is gently snowing and her black coat has some snow on it. Once she enters the house (a different set, her coat no longer has snow on it and the rate of snow, as seen through the window behind her, is at a much faster rate. See more »

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Morris: When someone carries that kind of anger around all of the time, they can seem stupid. That's the thing about anger, it sucks up a lot of intelligence.
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Extremely compelling film, with some production quriks
27 July 2009 | by fullautofurySee all my reviews

Every character is sympathetic, nobody is good or evil, instead showing everyone as a human being, no matter what our cultural differences are. The compelling performances(Bostick in particular) are slightly offset by an overuse of background music, in addition to the slightly non-linear structure taking some time to get used to. Despite the background music occasionally distracting from what's in front of you, Adoration is a compelling film, not just as a character study, but as an experience many will be familiar with.

People like me have come to expect thoughtful pieces of celluloid from filmmakers like Egoyan and he delivers once again, even with the film's minor technical flaws.


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Country:

Canada

Language:

English | French | Hebrew

Release Date:

24 April 2009 (Canada) See more »

Also Known As:

Adoration See more »

Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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Box Office

Budget:

$4,700,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$39,358, 10 May 2009

Gross USA:

$294,244

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$384,659
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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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