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Simon
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Rachel
Louca Tassone ...
Young Simon
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Morris
Yuval Daniel ...
Security Agent
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Tom
Jeremy Wright ...
Delivery Guy
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Sabine
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Sami
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Nick
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Car Owner
Ieva Lucs ...
Berating Woman
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Hannah
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Jennifer
Lia Bellefontaine ...
Student On-Line
Jermaine Crooks ...
Student On-Line
Hannah Fogel ...
Student On-Line
Celeste Howard ...
Student On-Line
Jamie McMillan ...
Student On-Line
Yunus Mohamed ...
Student On-Line
Nariné Martiros-Gharakhanian ...
Student On-Line
Victor Nhan ...
Student On-Line
Tristan Parlette ...
Student On-Line
Lucas Paulino ...
Student On-Line
June Rogers ...
Student On-Line
Kevin Tung ...
Student On-Line
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Passenger & Professor On-Line
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Passenger & Professor On-Line
Sharon Corder ...
Passenger & Professor On-Line
Vera Frenkel ...
Passenger & Professor On-Libe
Marc Glassman ...
Passenger & Professor On-Line
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Passenger & Professor On-Line
Paul Soles ...
Passenger & Professor On-Line
Janice Stein ...
Passenger & Professor On-Line
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Carole
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Parking Security
Dominic Cuzzocrea ...
Taxi Driver (as Domenic Cuzzocrea)
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School Principal
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Daniel
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Granddaughter
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Holocaust Survivor
Michael Barry ...
Skinhead
Ron Bell ...
Bus Driver

Directed by

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Atom Egoyan

Written by

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Atom Egoyan ... (written by)

Produced by

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Atom Egoyan ... producer
Marcy Gerstein ... associate producer
Robert Lantos ... executive producer
Laurent Pétin ... executive producer
Michèle Pétin ... executive producer (as Michele Halberstadt)
Stephen Traynor ... line producer
Simone Urdl ... producer
Jennifer Weiss ... producer

Music by

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Mychael Danna

Cinematography by

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Paul Sarossy ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Susan Shipton
Issac Solemon ... (uncredited)

Editorial Department

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John Bardswich ... project manager: Dekuxe
Cameron Davis ... additional editor
Alfredo Frasson ... color timer
Debbie Holland ... colorist: dailies
Ahmad Ismail ... digital opticals editor
Chris MacKenzie ... digital opticals editor (as Chris MacKenzie)
Dave Muscat ... digital opticals editor
Mila Patriki ... digital mastering colorist
Marc Roussel ... epk editor / first assistant editor
Chris Wallace ... opticals digital intermediate colorist
Motassem Younes ... digital opticals editor
Cam McLauchlin ... telecine operator (uncredited)

Casting By

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John Buchan
Jason Knight

Production Design by

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Phillip Barker

Art Direction by

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Barry Isenor

Set Decoration by

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Jim Lambie

Costume Design by

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Debra Hanson

Makeup Department

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Suzanne Benoit ... makeup department head
Peggy Kyriakidou ... assistant hair stylist
Ava Stone ... makeup artist
Zinka Tuminski ... hair stylist (as Zinka Shankland)

Production Management

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Stephen Traynor ... production manager
Douglas Wilkinson ... post-production supervisor

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Doane Hanus ... trainee assistant director
Daniel J. Murphy ... first assistant director
Pierre Ouellet ... second assistant director
Fatima Palhetas ... trainee assistant director
John Sauvé ... third assistant director
Issac Solemon ... first assistant director (uncredited)

Art Department

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Elizabeth Bailey ... custom artwork
Craig Boland ... set dresser
Dave Bracken ... construction coordinator
Adam Brockie ... scenic painter
David Gonzales ... first assistant art director
Michael Harvey ... on-set carpenter
Rob Hepburn ... sets buyer
Jason Herriott ... key scenic
Jessie Hutchins ... set dresser
Jordan Kerner ... lead dresser
Mauro Lacaprara ... assistant property master
Sylvia Lange ... scenic painter
Stephen J. MacDougall ... set dresser (as Stephen MacDougall)
Kim Maticiw ... props buyer
Aaron Morrison ... graphic design
Eric Nufer ... assistant head carpenter
Alicia Remigio ... art department apprentice
Kenny Roy ... head painter (as Ken Roy)
Steve Stack ... on-set dresser (as Steven Stack)
Craig Tovell ... head carpenter
Paul Vernon ... property master
Steve Vero ... custom artwork
Susan Worts ... props buyer

Sound Department

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Jenna Dalla Riva ... foley recording assistant
Brooke Graeff ... foley assistant
Goro Koyama ... foley artist
John Loranger ... assistant sound editor
Andy Malcolm ... foley artist
Paul McGlashan ... boom operator
Steve Munro ... sound designer / supervising sound editor
Daniel Pellerin ... supervising sound re-recording mixer
Jan Rudy ... re-recording mixer
Bissa Scekic ... sound mixer
Paul Shikata ... sound effects editor
David Drainie Taylor ... dialogue editor
Eric Vierhaus ... sound consultant: Dolby
Don White ... foley recording mixer

Special Effects by

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David Antonacci ... second assistant special effects
Sean Armstrong ... special effects assistant
Dylan Hankinson ... special effects assistant
Brock Jolliffe ... special effects coordinator
Rudy Rivas ... key special effects
John Sandever ... first assistant special effects
Derek Bujalski ... special effects technician (uncredited)

Visual Effects by

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Ian Britton ... compositor: Rocket Science VFX
Robert Crowther ... visual effects supervisor: Rocket Science VFX
Hojin Park ... compositor: Rocket Science VFX (as Hojin Parks)
Tom Turnbull ... visual effects producer: Rocket Science VFX
Megumi Kanazawa ... digital compositor (uncredited)

Stunts

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Ron Bell ... stunt performer
James Binkley ... stunt coordinator
Stewart Easun ... stunt performer
Edward A. Queffelec ... stunt performer (as Ed Queffelec)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Claude Barnes ... camera operator: epk
Jonathan Brown ... best boy electric
Randy Brown ... generator operator
Yvonne Collins ... first assistant camera
Bob Davidson ... gaffer
Harper Forbes ... key grip
Sophie Giraud ... still photographer
Shem Gregg ... grip
Michael John ... grip
Stephan Maia ... camera loader
Joe McCormack ... dolly grip
Paul Michel ... electrician (as Paul 'Miguel' Michel)
Todd Moores ... grip
Beth Nobes ... second assistant camera
Richard Pengelly ... video playback operator
Steve Roberts ... electrician
Darren Boyce ... key rigging grip (uncredited)
Angela Chao ... loader (uncredited)
Chris Schillinger ... additional grip (uncredited)
Nick Torok ... loader (uncredited)
Ian Watson ... still photographer (uncredited)

Casting Department

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Jane Rogers ... background casting

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Kelsey Hart ... costume truck coordinator
April Poppe ... costume truck coordinator
Crystal Silden ... assistant costume designer (as Crystal Olsen Silden) / assistant costume designer
Shannon Wilson ... set supervisor
Wing Lee ... wardrobe daily (uncredited)

Location Management

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Paul Callaghan ... location production assistant
Catherine Crawford ... assistant location manager
Kyle O'Connor ... assistant location manager
Eardley Wilmot ... location manager
Stephen Khalla ... location daily (uncredited)

Music Department

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Stéphane Allard ... orchestra musician
Jane Ashworth ... assistant music clearances: S.L. Feldman & Associates
Mychael Danna ... orchestrator
Bogdan Djukic ... orchestra musician
Nicholas Dodd ... orchestrator
Eve Egoyan ... soloist: piano
Tom Hazlitt ... orchestra musician
Yi-Jia Susanne Hou ... soloist: violin
Chris Jackson ... assistant engineer
Ron Mah ... orchestra musician
Alan Molitz ... orchestra musician
Nick Papadakis ... orchestra musician
Dan Parr ... music copyist
Annalee Patipatanakoon ... musician: orchestra (as Analee Patipatanakoon)
Dennis Patterson ... assistant engineer
Adele Pierre ... orchestra musician
Teresa Rudolph ... orchestra musician
Ron Searles ... music mixer / music recordist
Lenny Solomon ... orchestra contractor / orchestra musician
Wendy Solomon ... orchestra musician
Amritha Vaz ... assistant to composer (as Amritha Fernandes Bakshi)
Sarah Webster ... music clearances (as Sarah Wester)
Winona Zelenka ... soloist: cello

Transportation Department

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Steven 'Sparky' Carr ... transportation captain (as Stephen 'Sparky' Carr)
Mike Curran ... transportation coordinator
Michael Drysdale ... driver (as Mike Drysdale)
Larry Greer ... driver
Brian Jennison ... driver: honeywagon
Steve Lambert ... head driver
Steve May ... driver
Greg Wall ... driver
Steve Warren ... driver

Other crew

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Susan Bassett ... first assistant accountant
Brenda Blake ... production lawyer
Cassie Bouchard ... set server
Joanne Brahos ... stand-in
Laurel Bresnahan ... education liaison
Lisa Burling ... script supervisor
Cameron Davis ... technical advisor
Greg Denny ... production associate
Jonny Edmonds ... production assistant
Claude Forest ... insurance broker
Alice Wickwire Foster ... production coordinator
Lisa Ghione ... unit publicist
Doug Gillespie ... production accountant
Judy Gliserman ... set tutor
Indira Guha ... legal and business affairs: Telefilm Canada
Sonia Hosko ... assistant to producers
Duncan Kennedy ... consultant: New Media
Martyn Krys ... production lawyer
David Mackey ... set server
Sam Malkin ... coordinator: loop group
Chris Mills ... stand-in
Karen S. Neasi ... product placement (as Karen Neasi)
Yaz Rabadi ... director observer
Graham Rogers ... production assistant
Daniel Sarkissian ... script analysis
Johanna Weinstein ... head title designer
Ramona Diaconescu ... daily script supervisor (uncredited)

Thanks

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Michelle Beaudette ... thanks
Erica Benson ... thanks
Helen Brown ... thanks
Grace Cianciotta ... thanks
Wayne Clarkson ... thanks
Clare Cowling ... thanks
Andrew Cullen ... thanks
Sandra Cunningham ... thanks
Marina di Pancrazio ... thanks
Timothy Dingwall ... thanks
Michael Dorfman ... thanks
Jonathan Dyck ... thanks
Andrew Eddy ... thanks
John Galway ... thanks
Bryan Gliserman ... thanks
Martin Harbury ... thanks
David Hardy ... thanks
Moira Holmes ... thanks
Scott Johnstone ... thanks
Dan Lyon ... thanks
Anne MacKenzie ... thanks
Michelle Marion ... thanks
Charlotte Mickie ... thanks
Debra Muchnik ... thanks
Mark Musselman ... thanks
Dan Peel ... thanks
Carrie Paupst Shaughnessy ... thanks
Jim Sternberg ... thanks
Catherine Stuart ... thanks
James Weyman ... thanks

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Plot Summary

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 her luggage intended to blow up while the airplane was in flight, meaning that if it was not caught before departure, which it was, it would have killed her and their unborn child. Because Simon interestingly translates the story from the perspective of him being that unborn child now a teenager, Sabine, who is also the school's drama teacher, asks Simon to flesh out the story as a play, either in French or English. Simon begins to pedal the story widely as his reality, in other words that the woman in question truly was his mother Rachel and the bomber truly was who ended up being his Palestinian father, Sami, which may or may not in fact be true. Simon, Sabine and Tom all have to make decisions surrounding this issue, which they do to help their individual self deal with his or her own reality of the situation. Written by Huggo

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Also Known As
  • Simons Geheimnis (Germany)
  • Adoração (Portugal)
  • Tapinma (Turkey, Turkish title)
  • Обожание (Russia)
  • Adoración (Argentina)
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Runtime
  • 101 min
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Budget $4,700,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

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Trivia Budgeted at $6 million. See more »
Goofs In the scene at the end of the film at his grandfather's empty lake house, Simon first unloaded the wooden Christmas figures from his duffel bag onto a pile of firewood on the end of the dock. He then went into his grandfather's workshop and sawed the scroll off of his mother's violin. With his phone, he took a picture of the severed scroll in his hand with the dock in the background, but the wooden Christmas figures now appear in the middle of the dock. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Wolverine/Ghosts of Girlfriends Past/Battle for Terra (2009). See more »
Quotes Morris: [first lines - into video camera] I remember looking out at the two of you, Tom playing on the dock, you watching. I was thinking how lucky you were to have a mom like her. And how lucky she was to have a boy like you. That's what you stole from me Simon. That's what I can never forgive.
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