7.2/10
15,132
86 user 53 critic

Exotica (1994)

R | | Drama | 24 March 1995 (USA)
Francis, whose daughter was murdered a few years ago, is always watching Christina dance in the night club Exotica. One night he is dared to touch the girl and ends up being thrown out. He then sends in Thomas to try and find explanations.

Director:

Writer:

Reviews

On Disc

at Amazon

15 wins & 10 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A bus crash in a small town brings a lawyer to the town to defend the families, but he discovers that everything is not what it seems.

Director: Atom Egoyan
Stars: Ian Holm, Sarah Polley, Caerthan Banks
The Adjuster (1991)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A reflection about what makes everyone's life unique, through the story of Noah's family. Noah is an adjuster, having sex with his customers. His wife Hera watches pornographic movies for ... See full summary »

Director: Atom Egoyan
Stars: Elias Koteas, Arsinée Khanjian, Maury Chaykin
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A struggling actor's job as a hotel custodian is a front for his real job: being rented out as a gigolo by his supervisor. A co-worker is obsessed with him, but he ignores and avoids her. ... See full summary »

Director: Atom Egoyan
Stars: Michael McManus, Arsinée Khanjian, Gabrielle Rose
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Van's father, Stan, is fond of video, always taping scenes of daily family life. But he does not take care of Van's grandmother, Armen. Although he could afford having her at home, she is ... See full summary »

Director: Atom Egoyan
Stars: David Hemblen, Aidan Tierney, Gabrielle Rose
Calendar (1993)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A photographer and his wife take photographs of Armenian churches for use in a calendar. Their driver, a local resident, expounds on the history of the churches while the wife translates. ... See full summary »

Director: Atom Egoyan
Stars: Arsinée Khanjian, Ashot Adamyan, Atom Egoyan
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A lonely middle-aged catering manager spends all of his time studying tapes of an eccentric TV chef. Meanwhile, a young woman is making her way from Ireland to find her boyfriend, who moved... See full summary »

Director: Atom Egoyan
Stars: Bob Hoskins, Arsinée Khanjian, Elaine Cassidy
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Karen O'Connor, a young journalist known for her celebrity profiles, is consumed with discovering the truth behind a long-buried incident that affected the lives and careers of showbiz team Vince Collins and Lanny Morris.

Director: Atom Egoyan
Stars: Kevin Bacon, Colin Firth, Alison Lohman
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
David Hemblen ...
Inspector
Calvin Green ...
Customs Officer
...
Thomas
Peter Krantz ...
Man in taxi
...
...
Zoe
...
...
...
Man at opera
...
Tracey
...
Harold
...
Scalper
Billy Merasty ...
Man at opera
...
Doorman
Edit

Storyline

This psychological thriller is true to its subjects as well as being complex, dynamic, and overly dramatic. How something so long ago, seemingly trivial, years later with more significant trauma, turns repressed emotions into a dysfunctional life and distorted thinking. This is all merged into a psychological menagerie that unfolds piece by piece to perfection. Written by benignjamin

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

In a world of temptation, obsession is the deadliest desire.

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some sexuality and language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

|

Release Date:

24 March 1995 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Exótica  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office

Budget:

CAD 2,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$5,132,222 (USA)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

|

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The director's wife, Arsinée Khanjian, was seven months pregnant when her parts in the movie were filmed. See more »

Goofs

In one scene when Eric is talking with Cristina walking on the grass, you can see a microphone at the top of the screen. See more »

Quotes

Christina: Do you have a lot of friends?
Eric: Not really...
Christina: Do you ever wish you did?
Eric: Yeah.
Christina: When?
Eric: Well... like... now, for instance.
Christina: Why?
Eric: Well... I just met you. And I feel like telling somebody about it.
See more »


Soundtracks

Ave Generosa
Performed by The Toronto Consort
Selected from the CD release "Full Well She Sang"
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Amazingly beautiful, haunting film
29 April 1999 | by See all my reviews

I can't remember seeing a film as intriguing, complex, and beautifully photographed as "Exotica." I nearly didn't watch it because the video cover advertized it as an "erotic thriller" and the image on the front is of Mia Kirchner doing her strip-tease bit. Granted, "Exotica" centers around a "gentleman's club" of the same name, but to call this film a simple erotic thriller is to miss out on a lot, on too much.

"Exotica" follows four seemingly unrelated storylines: a man sitting alone at a table in a strip club, another man smuggling exotic parrot eggs into the country ("Exotica" takes place in and around Toronto), two apparent strangers walking in a field of green, and a young girl who plays a flute in an empty house. Egoyan begins with these vastly different puzzle pieces then slowly, inexorably brings them together.

Atom Egoyan is one heck of a masterful director. He is the epicenter of this cinematic symphony that leads carefully from movement to movement until the finale bursts forth in equal measure of catharsis, discovery, and tragedy. Plot to him is like tapestry weaving. He threads narrative, characters, time, and setting in such complicated iterations that one is at once nearly overwhelmed by the intricacy and awed at his skill, a testament to his brilliance as well as his belief that a film-going audience is actually intelligent.

At it's heart, "Exotica" is a tragedy of circumstances. Or better yet, a collision of tragedies of circumstances. Indeed, the film isn't so much about tragedy as it is about those who survive tragedy and the toll a single event can exact for the rest of the lives of those who survive. Exotica, the gentleman's club, serves merely as a focal point where all these individual tragedies radiate to.

Equally haunting in all this is the music. Mychael Danna's score sets the film's tone: dark, "exotic," deceptively simple but savvier than it lets on. Also worthy of note is the music in the club itself, a blend of American house funk and Middle Eastern tones, warbled in Arabic.

I highly recommend this film. Ignore the naked women who sashay from time to time in front of the screen (difficult as that may be at times) in the scenes shot in the club. The really interesting stuff occurs at the margins of the film, as the gulf separating the storylines begin to vanish, and the final scene gives you the keystone to a horrifying clear vision of a sadness so overwhelming that no one in the film escapes unscathed.


48 of 57 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?