Speaking Parts (1989)
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[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]
[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]
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.
Far from condemning recording media out of hand, Egoyan scrutinizes our ambiguous relationship with them; and as the characters grope towards less alienated (self) images, the film achieves an uneasy synthesis of intellectual analysis and deeply felt emotion.
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