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The action in Canadian provocateur Atom Egoyan's cryptic Exotica revolves largely around the strip club, which lends the film its name, a faux-tropical hothouse where young female dancers cater to their customers' sexual and psychological needs. Among the regulars is Francis (Bruce Greenwood), a troubled taxman haunted by Christina, a young stripper played by Mia Kirshner. As the film hypnotically unfolds, their relationship is slowly explored, the narrative dovetailing with the stories of a gay
May 16, 1994 Wide
Nov 16, 1999
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One of the most despairing movies, and yet there is in the precision of its craft and the depth of its empathy something fundamentally uplifting.
Egoyan's first Cannes Film Fest entry is an engaging tale of sexual desire and alienation.
Uses its eroticism as a head trip into loneliness, alienation and desperation.
Egoyan's masterpiece -- a twisting tale of erotic obsession and hypnotic storytelling.
Egoyan's intent is not ultimately to disturb us, but to look closely at people at their wits' end, desperate, and sad, in hopes of finding absolution for them.
A mosaic-style thriller whose artful recipe is deepened in The Sweet Hereafter.
It might be set in a strip club, but Atom Egoyan's tale of loneliness, lust and jealously simmers with sensual heat.
Don't be fooled by the soft-core poster; this haunting tale of pain and memory is as good as they come.
Apparent from its ominous, opening pan is Exotica's craft - the film is deliberate and attentive, and displays action that is not apparently related or significant - at first. Ultimately, the exposition purposefully lacks a cohesiveness.
Demonstrates that the mystery of the human personality must be respected and even hallowed.
The director/writer (Atom Egoyan) manages to take a lot of risks in his writing, but his directing was too cautious.
Audience Reviews for Exotica
- Francis: You're a very responsible young women.
- Christina: Responsible to what?
- Francis: To whatever it is you feel you must do.
- Christina: Like what?
- Eric: Don't be afraid, I know everything about you.
- Francis: What do you know about me?
- Eric: I found her.
- Francis: Found who?
- Eric: Your little girl.
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