Next of Kin was Atom Egoyan's first film and I don't think it's quite as enjoyable as it is thought-provoking. It shows a young man (probably Canadian) in video therapy with his parents - embarrassingly funny - who gets to see another family's tape by mistake (probably Armenian) and poses as their long-lost son, helping to sort out the problems of the remaining family members at the same time, having abandoned his own without so much as a goodbye. It is a kind of meditation on role-playing, and how we may be better able to take on a certain role where we are acting it than where it is for real. There could be some truth in this, but it is quite an unsettling hypothesis, and the deception at the heart of the film is uncomfortable, as there is no resolution. It seems to be suggesting happy families are a myth, or artificially promoted. As such it's an interesting statement on the theme, but perhaps too ironic, too detached to properly hold the viewer's interest. It lacks a certain warmth, even if the implied critique of family values seems to stand as a useful challenge to today's prevailing ideology even more than it did in the early 80s.