Exotica (1994)




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In this Canadian haunting drama centered upon the multi-layered relationships, inner thoughts, and secrets of some of the patrons of Exotica, a local strip joint. There is Francis, nightly regular, who is fixated upon Christina, who has relationship woes with club dee-jay Eric, who's freaked out by Francis, who is a taxman. Francis persuades Thomas, a pet shop owner to spy on Christine for him. Thomas obliges as Francis is auditing his books.

Rating: R
Genre: Art House & International, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Atom Egoyan
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On DVD: Nov 16, 1999


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Critic Reviews for Exotica

All Critics (46) | Top Critics (15)

Full Review… | September 7, 2011
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

July 7, 2005
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Top Critic

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | August 3, 2012
Film Freak Central

Egoyan's first Cannes Film Fest entry is an engaging tale of sexual desire and alienation.

Full Review… | April 29, 2011

Uses its eroticism as a head trip into loneliness, alienation and desperation.

Full Review… | March 18, 2011
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Audience Reviews for Exotica

A hypnotizing film. Bruce Greenwood is a re-occurring patron at a strip club, and becomes fixated on a particular girl. His motives are revealed throughout. Well made film.

Lafe Fredbjornson

Super Reviewer

Strong, original, tightly wound.

Joey Nevarez

Super Reviewer

One of Atom Egoyan's best and one of the best interconnected stories I have seen. The very last scene sums up my feelings for this picture. A true compelling masterpiece.

A moody, psychological study of one man's all-consuming guilt and obsessions. Francis(Bruce Greenwood), a tax accountant whose wife and child have both died, finds himself irresistibly drawn to a local strip joint known as "Exotica".

Every night he goes there to gaze upon Christina(Mia Kirshner), a friend of his deceased daughter whose performance consists of shedding the little-girl costume she wears onstage. But the dancer's ex-boyfriend, disturbed by Francis's creepy presence, demands that he stay away from both the club and the young woman.

Francis hires a friend to keep an eye on Christina and report all her doings to him. However, he still cannot accept the loss of his child nor keep his mind off Christina. It's almost as if only death and Christina's fall from grace sustain him.

One of the main reasons why Egoyan film is so great is how these characters connect with one another in more ways then one. I was asking myself "who is this person?, why is Francis filled with anger whenever he is around Harold?, why is Francis paying the Sarah Polley character for babysitting when she is alone playing the piano alone?" and on and on and on.

The best scene takes place when Francis and Thomas (Don McKeller) recap about the murder of Francis's wife and daughter. This explains why Francis goes to the Exotica strip club to talk with Christina. It also explains that Francis was on to Thomas for illegally smuggling eggs into Canada. Everything fits together and in a way I never really expected. This is a great film.

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