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Exotica (1994)

R | | Drama | 24 March 1995 (USA)
A man whose daughter recently died becomes obsessed with a dancer in the night club Exotica.

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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

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

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

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CAD 2,000,000 (estimated)

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$4,183,379
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The director's wife, Arsinée Khanjian, was seven months pregnant when her parts in the movie were filmed. See more »

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The cuts on Francis's face change size & shape throughout the movie after he gets thrown out of Exotica. See more »

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[clapping]
Eric: Yeah! Bring those big hairy palms together, gentlemen, have a nice big, round of applause... for Kali! Kali. Yes, indeed, Kali. And you, too, can - you, too, can have Kali come over to your table for only five dollars, where she can show you the mysteries of her world. Trust me, gentlemen, trust me.
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Referenced in Bollywood/Hollywood (2002) See more »

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Everybody Knows
Performed by Leonard Cohen
Written by Leonard Cohen and Sharon Robinson
Published by Leonard Cohen Stranger Music, Inc. (BMI) and Geffen Music
Courtesy of Sony Music Entertainment (Canada) Inc.
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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.


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