Exotica (film)

Exotica (film)

name = Exotica

caption = "Exotica" film poster
director = Atom Egoyan
writer = Atom Egoyan
starring = Mia Kirshner,
Elias Koteas,
Sarah Polley,
Victor Garber,
Bruce Greenwood
producer = Atom Egoyan
distributor= Miramax Films
budget = CAD 2 million
runtime = 103 minutes
language = English
imdb_id = 0109759|

"Exotica" is a 1994 Canadian film set primarily in and around the Exotica strip club in Toronto, Canada. It was written and directed by Atom Egoyan.


:Note: The story of "Exotica" is not told in chronological order and important information is often revealed only late in the film. The following synopsis does not reflect the viewer's actual experience of the events as they unfold.

"Exotica" presents a disparate group of characters whose lives are interconnected through the Exotica nightclub. Christina (Mia Kirshner) is an exotic dancer at Exotica, owned by Zoe (Arsinée Khanjian). Eric (Elias Koteas) is the club's DJ, and Christina's former boyfriend. Francis (Bruce Greenwood) is a customer who comes in nightly and always has Christina - dressed in a schoolgirl uniform - give him a private dance, which seems to inspire Eric's jealousy.

In his professional life, Francis is a tax auditor for Revenue Canada, and Thomas (Don McKellar) is a gay pet store owner whose books of account Francis is auditing pursuant to a suspicion of Thomas running an illegal import business with revenues of $200,000 per year.

Francis is eventually banned from the club when Eric manipulates him into touching Christina during one of her dances (which is against the rules of the club). Around the same time, Francis discovers illegal activities in Thomas' financial records, and forces Thomas to get involved in his conflict with Eric - and we eventually learn that Francis' obsession with Christina has much more complex roots than it first appears. The film's final scene, set many years before the others, also drastically reconfigures the viewer's understanding of the characters, especially Christina.


*At the 1994 Cannes Film Festival, "Exotica" was nominated for the Palme d'or, and won the FIPRESCI Prize.
*Don McKellar was nominated for Best Supporting Actor at the 1996 Chlotrudis Awards for independent film.
*"Exotica" won Best Foreign Film from the French Syndicate of Cinema Critics in 1995.
*At the 1994 Genie Awards for Canadian cinema, "Exotica" won Best Motion Picture, as well as awards for the best screenplay, direction, music, costume design, cinematography and production design. Don McKellar won the award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role.
*"Exotica" was named Best Canadian Feature Film at the Toronto International Film Festival.
*To judge from his own account, Egoyan was quite amused by an unlikely award that this film won: the Adult Video News award for Best Alternative Adult Film of 1996.


* Egoyan, Atom, [http://www.granta.com/Magazine/86/Dr-Gonad "Dr. Gonad"] , "Granta" #86 (Summer 2004) touches upon Egoyan's unlikely Adult Video award.

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