Exotica (1994)


Critic Consensus: Exotica simmers with sex and obsession, while successfully doubling as an extreme character study.


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The action in this film revolves largely around the Exotica strip club, a faux-tropical hothouse where young female dancers cater to their customers' sexual and psychological needs. As the film hypnotically unfolds, the relationship between troubled taxman Francis and young stripper Christina is slowly explored.


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All Critics (32) | Top Critics (5)

Atom Egoyan makes his most conventionally-satisfying film in Exotica. I don't mean that as a putdown: it's his best movie, too, though some of his early academic-theory fans may be put off at its accessibility.

Apr 10, 2018 | Full Review…

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.

Aug 3, 2012 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

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

Apr 29, 2011 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

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

Mar 18, 2011 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Egoyan's masterpiece -- a twisting tale of erotic obsession and hypnotic storytelling.

Dec 22, 2005 | Rating: 5/5

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.

Jan 15, 2005 | Rating: A-

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

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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.

Brian R
Brian R

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Strong, original, tightly wound.

Joey Nevarez
Joey Nevarez

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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
Lafe Fredbjornson

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