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      Exotica

      R Released Mar 3, 1994 1h 44m Drama List
      95% Tomatometer 39 Reviews 83% Audience Score 5,000+ Ratings In the upscale Canadian strip club Exotica, Christina (Mia Kirshner) is the most popular dancer, and she's visited nightly by the obsessive Francis (Bruce Greenwood), a depressed tax auditor. Meanwhile, her ex-boyfriend, the club's MC, Eric (Elias Koteas), still jealously pines for her, even as he introduces her onstage. Eric is having his own relationship problems with the club's owner, Zoe (Arsinée Khanjian), who is intent on becoming pregnant with his child. Read More Read Less
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      Exotica simmers with sex and obsession, while successfully doubling as an extreme character study.

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      Derek Smith Slant Magazine For all the initial mysteriousness of virtually everyone’s actions, Atom Egoyan is never coy for the sake of being coy. Sep 22, 2022 Full Review Jonathan Rosenbaum Chicago Reader A central part of the movie's dreamlike ambience derives from the fact that the camera is in motion in practically every shot. Rated: 3/4 Jun 7, 2022 Full Review Robert Horton Film Comment Magazine Atom Egoyan makes his most conventionally-satisfying film in Exotica. I don't mean that as a putdown: it's his best movie, too, though some of his early academic-theory fans may be put off at its accessibility. Apr 10, 2018 Full Review David Harris Spectrum Culture As an exploration of trauma and heartbreak, Exotica plumbs the depths of the human heart in ways most films have never dared. Apr 25, 2023 Full Review Brian Susbielles InSession Film It is not a film about sex, but about the emotional impact, a setting provides with its cathartic assistance in healing trauma. Feb 14, 2023 Full Review James Kendrick Q Network Film Desk a master class in complex narrative design in the service of dramatizing the depths of human emotion Rated: 4/4 Oct 17, 2022 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Shioka O I don't think I fully understood what the director wanted to tell through this film but I appreciated the ambiguousness and atmosphere. Look sexual or erotic on surface, but its not. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 03/03/24 Full Review Alec B A beguiling mystery that demands complete attention. I wish more movies were this willing to challenge audience perception. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 02/20/24 Full Review David M Perfect film. All time favourite. Yes, movies about tax audits and strip clubs can be fascinating. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 05/07/23 Full Review M S This is a dark boring movie. Rated 1 out of 5 stars 03/19/23 Full Review Martin F Exotica feels like an erotic thriller despite being a drama due to his direction that really brings the tension. It is engaging due to his multidimensional characters who all slowly descent to madness while little by little interacting with each other. There is also some strong and thought-provoking dialogues. Mia Kirshner is electrical in her role, she has a huge sex-appeal here. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/09/23 Full Review Taylor L This film was introduced to me as an 'erotic thriller'. Holy hell this is not an erotic thriller, it's all the domestic collapse and tragedy of American Beauty but weirder and darker. Psychological and sexually charged doesn't mean erotic, and this film proves it. Exotica doesn't treat sex like a thrill or a passion, it treats it like an emotional crutch. Every character is missing something from their lives, whether they never had, slowly watched it fade away, or saw it torn from their hearts, and in response they congregate in this seedy strip club in Toronto; there this "secret world" as the film calls it is to some a way of life, to everyone vaguely ritualistic. There's this great atmosphere that the film gives off, both emotionally intense and reeling, that makes it clear that the characters are really just flailing in response to scenarios that they have no control over and have suffered through. At the same time, it's got a very David Lynch inventiveness to some of the story beats - including Don McKellar as a pet shop owner under audit that operates a smuggling ring for hyacinth macaw eggs - though I suppose each of those details could fall under the broader definition of the title's 'exotica'. Props for sidestepping a conventional structure to give some meat to the characters before letting the exposition filter in, challenging assumptions about motivation and purpose. It's really not as much of a thriller as it is a suburban sadness piece, but Atom Egoyan (as director, writer, and producer) does an excellent job of redefining sexuality as a means of crude escapism rather than the commodified version you might see as part of a commercial for body spray. (3.5/5) Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/15/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis In the upscale Canadian strip club Exotica, Christina (Mia Kirshner) is the most popular dancer, and she's visited nightly by the obsessive Francis (Bruce Greenwood), a depressed tax auditor. Meanwhile, her ex-boyfriend, the club's MC, Eric (Elias Koteas), still jealously pines for her, even as he introduces her onstage. Eric is having his own relationship problems with the club's owner, Zoe (Arsinée Khanjian), who is intent on becoming pregnant with his child.
      Director
      Atom Egoyan
      Producer
      Robert Lantos, Camelia Frieberg, Atom Egoyan
      Screenwriter
      Atom Egoyan
      Distributor
      Miramax Home Entertainment [us], Miramax Films
      Production Co
      Miramax Films, Alliance Entertainment
      Rating
      R
      Genre
      Drama
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Mar 3, 1994, Original
      Release Date (DVD)
      Jun 19, 2012
      Box Office (Gross USA)
      $5.0M
      Runtime
      1h 44m
      Sound Mix
      Surround, Stereo