Exotica [Blu-ray + DVD]
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Jusquà ce que le cinéaste réalise The Sweet Hereafter, Exotica était le plus accessible des films dAtom 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 LExotica, 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 lendroit ; et un jeune gai, qui fait de la contrebande doeufs 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 dinfluences : la sexualité. Sublimée, interdite, magnifiée, banalisée ou réprimée, cest 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 dEgoyan. 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 lécran, semble en avoir coûté 10 fois plus, est dune richesse autant visuelle quémotive. La marque dun cinéaste en pleine possession de ses moyens. Éric Fourlanty --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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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.
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.
Another characterstic that these directors share is that often their characters are not what one would call likeable. This is the case in Exotica. A Canadian Customs Inspector (David Hemblen) is assigned to audit the books of a nervous Toronto exotic pet shop owner. From the outset, we see that this is not going to be your typical CPA/customer relationship. Things get more intriguing when the inspector finds a pistol in the pet-shop owner's drawer and reacts enigmatically.
As the film progresses, the inspector's psyche gradually disintegrates, until finally there is a denouement of denouements at the end of the film. Finally, Egoyan lets the audience in on the source of the inspector's descent into emotional breakdown. No spoilers here, but suffice it to say that the ending provides resolution, without relying on clichés.
Another satisfying Egoyan film. Thoughful script. Uniformly excellent acting, cinematography, direction. Worth re-viewing.
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to me it was a seriously boring movie seriously had to be wrote by someone who ran out of their medsPublished 5 months ago by ICE
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. Read morePublished on Oct. 4 2013 by FilmFan2010
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... Read morePublished on Sept. 23 2013 by Ken M.
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. Read morePublished on Aug. 13 2013 by Monty Britton
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 on April 7 2013 by lmarten
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 morePublished on Feb. 9 2004 by jason gilmour
In "Exotica" Egoyan returns to the theme of emotional and visceral disengagement and alienation in the New World. Read morePublished on Jan. 7 2004 by Arthur C. Hurwitz
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 morePublished on Dec 27 2003 by Swederunner