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4.0 out of 5 stars Atom Egoyan IS the artist that Joe Eszterhas wishes he was!, Sept. 8 2000
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E. Martin "scalawagg" (US) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Next of Kin (VHS Tape)
I first saw "Next of Kin" at UT-Austin around 1990. I was amused, but thought it was derivative of Steven Soderberg who had recently won the Palm D'Or for "Sex, Lies, and Videotape."
THEN...I saw the copyright was 1985--and nearly fell out of my seat!!! I'm convinced the "derivation" was the other way 'round.
Since then I've followed his career with admiration and affection. No one else deals with desire as intelligently as he does. No one insists on placing their characters in a web of familial relationships (*without it necessarily being the main theme*) the way he does.
Sometimes puzzling (as in "The Adjuster") Sometimes dazzling (as in "The Sweet Hereafter") ALWAYS engaging.
This early work will make you feel *good* with an ending that is happy without being cheap.
It *may* make you never want to visit the "erotic thriller" section of your video store AGAIN!!! :-)
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5.0 out of 5 stars wonderous look at curiosity and the love of family., May 12 1999
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cbsufo@aol.com (Harrisburg, Pennsylvania) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Next of Kin (VHS Tape)
wonderful look at family life through the eyes of a curious man, Peter who takes on the life of Pedros, the son given up by two Armenian parents. increadible opening sequences with long shots of baggage carousels. perfect acting and long shots, not too many edits. nice to see atom in some parts too, and the polaroids add the perfect touch, plus the final image. there is an annoying fly pestering me. thank you atom. see it on 16mm at Moviate.org
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Next of Kin by Atom Egoyan (VHS Tape - 1998)
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