Speaking Parts (1989)




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"In my films, you're always encouraged to remember that you're watching a collection of designed images." Thus spake Canadian filmmaker Atom Egoyan in describing his calculatedly non-realistic style. In keeping with his earlier works, Egoyan's Speaking Parts, though grounded in reality, could never be confused with the facts of life. Arsinee Khanjian plays a near-somnambulistic maid who carries a torch for aspiring actor Michael McManus. She obsesses on McManus by renting tapes of the films in … More

Rating: Unrated (adult situations)
Genre: Art House & International, Drama
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On DVD: Jun 26, 2001
Zeitgeist Films

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as Producer

as Housekeeper

as Father

as Hotel Manager

as Man at the Party

as Women at the Party
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Critic Reviews for Speaking Parts

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (4)

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
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It spoke to me as being more smart than enjoyable.

Full Review… | July 25, 2006
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

August 8, 2005

Audience Reviews for Speaking Parts


[font=Century Gothic]In "Speaking Parts", a shy woman, Lisa(Arsinee Khanjian), works as a maid at a hotel where she has a crush on a coworker, Lance(Michael McManus). He is also an actor who has worked as an extra in films(Lisa watches his movies on video. This brings her into the orbit of a video store manager, Eddy(Tony Nardi).) and sees an opportunity to move up to speaking parts when he slips his picture underneath the door of a casting director, Clara(Gabrielle Rose), staying at the hotel.[/font]
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[font=Century Gothic]"Speaking Parts" is a good, intelligent movie about communication in the modern age. It is now possible to watch somebody without having any contact with them, but is that a good thing?[/font]

Walter M.

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Call it "not-bad" Egoyan. He's figured things out better in later films. Here he seems to be experimenting more than trying to create a masterpiece.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

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