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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Egoyan Winner Sept. 23 2003
Format:DVD
I like movies that reveal their mysteries gradually. Films like Mullholland Drive, Memento, Following, etc. Like a good postmodern novel (no that's not an oxymoron - there are a few [Paul Auster comes immediately to mind]) these films are non-linear and one is kept guessing about not only what will happen, but whethere central characters are crazy, evil, benign, etc. The audience is kept intentionally in the dark, and thus on edge, and sometimes (as is the case with Mullholland Drive) there is no clear resolution, no tidying things up at the end. Egoyan seems to be operating in similar territory.
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.
BEK
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Egoyan never fail to amaze... Dec 27 2003
Format:DVD
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. There is Eric, the jealous DJ, Christina, the innocent school girl stripper, Francis, the frequent visiting tax accountant, and Thomas, the shy pet shop owner. These individuals bring their own stories and as the film evolves their stories become intertwined together. Atom Egoyan directed this film with skillful cleverness that can cause guessing audience members to get lost in the story. This film is a brilliant cinematic experience, which leaves a lot of room for the audience to muse and enjoy the journey of the four characters.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Exploring grief and how people deal with it
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 more
Published 11 months ago by FilmFan2010
4.0 out of 5 stars exotica on blu-ray a must
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 more
Published 11 months ago by ken Martin
5.0 out of 5 stars Glad to see Atom Egoyan classic get a decent video release...after all...
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 more
Published 13 months ago by Monty Britton
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 17 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 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 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 Amazon Customer
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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