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Exotica [Blu-ray + DVD]

Bruce Greenwood , Mia Kirshner , Atom Egoyan    Blu-ray
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
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Jusqu’à ce que le cinéaste réalise The Sweet Hereafter, Exotica était le plus accessible des films d’Atom Egoyan. Fidèle à lui-même, le cinéaste torontois mêle famille et voyeurisme, mémoire et désir, blessures intimes et fantasmes publics dans ce conte urbain trouble et séduisant.

À L’Exotica, un club de danseuses nues arabisant, on croise un veuf (Bruce Greenwood), fasciné par une jeune strip-teaseuse (Mia Krishner) ; un D.J. survolté (Elias Koteas) ; une maquerelle enceinte (Arsinée Khanjian), propriétaire de l’endroit ; et un jeune gai, qui fait de la contrebande d’oeufs exotiques (Don McKellar) ! En toile de fond, la police recherche un enfant disparu… Les intrigues se croisent, se chevauchent, et se répondent. Au centre de ce complexe réseau d’influences : la sexualité. Sublimée, interdite, magnifiée, banalisée ou réprimée, c’est elle qui tient lieu de moteur à tous ces personnages en quête de bassesses autant que de hauteurs.

Complexe dans sa forme, Exotica est pourtant le moins cérébral des films d’Egoyan. Délaissant les préoccupations formelles, au fur et à mesure que le récit avance, le cinéaste mène, avec beaucoup de doigté, un suspense qui débouchera sur une finale prenante. Ce film de 2 millions de dollars qui, à l’écran, semble en avoir coûté 10 fois plus, est d’une richesse autant visuelle qu’émotive. La marque d’un cinéaste en pleine possession de ses moyens. Éric Fourlanty


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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars On Blu-ray AT LAST! June 25 2012
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
I first watched this movie in a German cinema early in 1995. I was overwhelmed, as well as my attendance, a very good friend. As soon as the DVD releases came out, I started to collect them. Not only from North America, also in Europe and every region I could get access to. I haven't found one which was totally satisfying. Mostly, the pictures were too dark, the colours not adequate. And now, at last, after seventeen years, the Blu-ray release is here.

At last, the pictures and the light are satisfying. This is how it all should be. I haven't seen this movie in a cinema for many years now, but I always knew how the light and the colours have to look like. This is eventually realized on this disc.

I may be hypercritically cinephilistic, but I as a film-lover, I would have preferred the original 1.85:1 ratio, however, for whatever reason, the movie comes in 1.78:1. Just to fit the 16:9 screen? This is hard to understand, for me at least.

The sound comes in 2.0, which is like in 1994/95, but I hoped they could expand it to 5.1 to get the real experience, especially in the club scenes.

No extras but an audio commentary of the director and the composer - obviously very well done.

As this is one of my all-time favourites, I have to give the highest score, with a couple of stains remaining.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Shallow to deep. April 13 2004
Format:DVD
One has to wonder if those who rated this movie poorly 'got it'. I gave this to a co-worker and he was highly confused at the end because he missed a critical link. For myself, I'm not sure what I expected. I knew I liked Mia Kirshner, and the pick-up of the DVD in a bargain bin was a "what the heck" purchase though I'd read reviews that seemed to promise a dark, disturbing, thought provoking movie.
Well, the packaging, as alluded to in the description, makes this seem like a standard erotic thriller. The addition of much of the action taking place in a strip club only seems to reinforce this as being standard, even shallow, fare. It's anything but. It might not be believable as a story, but the characters themselves are. Not only that, but fittingly enough, the shallowest seeming character through much of the film turns out to be potentially the most complex. It wasn't until after the end credits had rolled, and while still wrapping my mind around the whole canvas of the movie, it clicked as to why the character may have acted in a certain way.
I'll add a disclaimer here for anyone interested in the movie. If you are at all squeamish about the concepts of pedophelia, homosexuality, strip clubs, etc... well, just be aware that you might feel highly uncomfortable. I only plead discomfort to the first and parts were painful to watch even though nothing explicitly happens (and as is the case of the whole movie, nothing is anywhere near as simple or obvious as it first appears).
Highly recommended if you want a thought provoking, dark movie that at times makes you do a mental doubletake.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Exploring grief and how people deal with it Oct. 4 2013
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
This is one of the earlier films by Canadian director Atom Egoyan, and one of his best work in my view. Most of the film is shot in and around a classy strip club called Exotica. As a result there is some nudity but it was tastefully done. Bruce Greenwood played the central character - basically a nice guy who has gone through the very tough part of his life, and is now recovering from the trauma. He frequented the club and was obsessed with, in a strange and yet not bad way, one particular dancer. At the end of the film you still don't have all the answers, but you are left thinking about the lives of the characters and the problems they live with.

Only one word of caution: this disc from Amazon is not Blu-ray quality, but is rather a regular DVD. So there is a bit of false advertising here.
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4.0 out of 5 stars exotica on blu-ray a must Sept. 23 2013
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Bruce Greenwood and Sarah Polley are great in this film that looks better years later on Blu-ray. This is story telling and the art of layers and tying it all together is all about, Great Directing; great cast and provocative script.
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By Monty
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Have been a fan of Atom Egoyan since seeing Exotica in movie theater here in Texas. Was not a fan of its video release on Region 1 DVD. This was the cruddiest looking non-anamorphic rendering of this classic that it was barely watchable. Could not believe after all these years, I came across this Canadian Region A blu ray (and region 1 NTSC DVD). I knew I had to get it. A boy, glad I did! The video is awesome in every way!! The colors are very bright and the detail just blew me away! This is probably better than what was in the theaters back in the day. Very glad to see Atom Egoyan provide a commentary also (along with the composer). The film is presented in hi def anamorphic (!!) widescreen 1.78 with DTS-HD 2.0 soundtrack (would have been nice to get a mix of the music in 5.1). But all in all, this is THE best I have seen Exotica look on home video here in the states.
Would like to see more of his films get this treatment on Region A blu ray. UK has just released Egoyan's masterpiece The Adjuster (my favorite) on Region B blu ray (and it looks phenominal!).
Exotica blu ray/DVD combo is a great buy if you are an Atom Egoyan fan.
Highly recommended.
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Most recent customer reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Good acting
This film has an Interesting, if offbeat, premise. The roles are demanding but the actors all pull through, no doubt a credit to the director.
Published 12 months ago by lmarten
5.0 out of 5 stars Egoyan's swan Song!!!
O.K. this film sarts off with a elderly Kung Fu instructor that, at the end of his life, realizes that his five students could become evil. Read more
Published on Feb. 9 2004 by jason gilmour
5.0 out of 5 stars What is there to do?
In "Exotica" Egoyan returns to the theme of emotional and visceral disengagement and alienation in the New World. Read more
Published on Jan. 7 2004 by Arthur C. Hurwitz
5.0 out of 5 stars Egoyan never fail to amaze...
Exotica is a gentleman's club in the Toronto area that ties lives of four characters together through their personal involvement as customers or workers. Read more
Published on Dec 27 2003 by Kim Anehall
5.0 out of 5 stars Weird, kinky, and dark
I thought this was one of the most interesting films to come out of the 90's. The film's weird, kinky, and dark overtones and themes interweave to produce an oddly engrossing film. Read more
Published on Dec 20 2003 by magellan
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Egoyan Winner
I like movies that reveal their mysteries gradually. Films like Mullholland Drive, Memento, Following, etc. Read more
Published on Sept. 23 2003 by Bruce Kendall
5.0 out of 5 stars Good movie, bad distribution
A psychologist once said that deep grief can feel very much like going insane. That phrase kept coming to mind for me as I watched this movie. Read more
Published on June 22 2003 by Joseph F. Mays
1.0 out of 5 stars Lame and Boring movie
I recently saw this movie on cable and must say that it was the most boring movie I've ever seen. The characters all act like philosophers by that everything they say is analytical... Read more
Published on June 2 2003
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