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Exotica (1994)

Exotica (1994)




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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 pet shop owner (Don McKellar), the Exotica's pregnant owner (Arsinee Khanjian), and its embittered DJ (Elias Koteas). Like all of Egoyan's films, Exotica is a riddle, its answers only fostering more questions. The director's recurring themes of family breakdowns, voyeurism and obsession are all in the mix here as well, but essayed with a new clarity of vision and intensity.more
Rating: R
Genre: Art House & International, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Atom Egoyan
In Theaters:
On DVD: Nov 16, 1999


Mia Kirshner
as Christina
Calvin Green
as Customs Officer
David Hemblen
as Customs Inspector
Peter Krantz
as Man in Taxi
Damon D'Oliveira
as Man at Opera
Billy Merasty
as Man at Opera
Jack Blum
as Scalper
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News & Interviews for Exotica

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

You have to watch this movie more than once to even vaguely understand it.

Red Lats

Super Reviewer

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

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