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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Puzzled? Watch again...Still puzzled? Watch again...
An unnerving yet strangely satisfying film. The story revolves around a man, his fascination with a strip club and one stripper in particular. Throw in a pet smuggler, a crazily intense M.C at the strip club and copious flash backs to a child murder years before and the cocktail is one heady brew. In particular the soundtrack by Mychael Danna is deserving of a mention...
Published on 21 Sept. 2000

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2.0 out of 5 stars Weird and quite creepy Canadian film set in the 1990s ...
Weird and quite creepy Canadian film set in the 1990s but seems to be in the 1980s. It turns out to not be what you expect it to be, and it is made for TV quality. Warning, plot spoiler ahead: It's about a man who was accused of murdering his daughter, but then cleared, who develops an obsession with a young girl at an exotic night club.
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Puzzled? Watch again...Still puzzled? Watch again..., 21 Sept. 2000
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This review is from: Exotica [VHS] [1995] (VHS Tape)
An unnerving yet strangely satisfying film. The story revolves around a man, his fascination with a strip club and one stripper in particular. Throw in a pet smuggler, a crazily intense M.C at the strip club and copious flash backs to a child murder years before and the cocktail is one heady brew. In particular the soundtrack by Mychael Danna is deserving of a mention - mixing minimalist piano with middle eastern instruments and vocals means the soundtrack will linger in your head for weeks.
Leonard Cohen growls 'Everybody Knows' to one of the most clinical, measured strips of all time, and yet the whole moment becomes strangely beautiful and tastefully erotic. Oh heck, this film just doesn't make sense on the page - buy it and check out a complete one off that will stay with you forever.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars claustrophobic, beautiful, 1 Mar. 2006
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This review is from: Exotica [DVD] [1995] (DVD)
This film very skilfully induces a sense of claustophobia, of suspicion and unease. A posh, slightly sinister club: Leonard Cohen's 'Everybody Knows' kicks in as a young woman dressed as a schoolgirl begins her striptease, watched by a disturbingly intense MC, Elias Koteas, and a disturbingly intense accountant, Bruce Greenwood. A heady, worrying atmosphere of lust and obsession, of perverse beauty and terrible need. And from this unlikely cauldron comes a tale of simple redemption, compassion and something of the magical, almost religious resolution of Kieslowski's 3 Colours Trilogy, of Shakespeare's last plays. Highly highly recommended. Mia Kirshner very pretty, too.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Subtle and Beautiful Masterpiece., 24 July 2006
This review is from: Exotica [DVD] [1995] (DVD)
It is hard to review this film without giving too much away. Exotica is, in my opinion, Egoyan's finest work to date. The film is slow, carefully considered and full of mystery. Although the mystery that concerns the characters primarily, is the murder of a young girl, the main area of intrigue for the viewer is simply: who are these characters and how is ensemble cast connected? The film is executed with such subtlety, that you find yourself slowly being drawn into the mystery on a very powerful emotional level. The reviews of Egoyan's films as being emotionally cold and detatched have never made sense to me, as I have always felt as if I was being drawn into a very emotional landscape.

Beautiful, funny (in parts), moving and simultaneously unsettling, Exotica is one of the most unique and provocative film experiences I have ever had. I simply cannot reccommend it enough.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a unique mood, 26 Jan. 2014
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This review is from: Exotica [DVD] (DVD)
Exotica seemed fully to live up to its name on the big screen 20 years ago, and seeing it now takes you back to that initial hypnotic experience. It is a brilliant collage, like a jigsaw whose pieces don't seem to be from the same picture at all, then they fit together, and miraculously a single image coalesces, against impossible odds. The characterisation is very good, the script always hovering between strangeness and humour, the soundtrack seductive with quite a rhythmic thwack that seems to find new energy in the dying embers of funk. It is also visually superb; not just in terms of the nubile beauty of Mia Kirshner and the scantily-clad girls in the strip club, but more subtly in the use of green (emerald toilet cubicles!), parrots and striking faces which form a very effective combination. (Elias Koteas is particularly memorable for his singular features, both tender and rock star-like, and the suave delivery of his borderline-acceptable MC's patter.) It's probably partly the way Egoyan films them, and there's something intensely cinematic about the whole thing. Its conclusion pulls off a remarkable coup, not just in terms of cohesion but also in finding a surprisingly humanist note in the midst of such outre style that often led to thinness of substance in lesser hands in that decade.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding, 20 Mar. 2001
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This review is from: Exotica [VHS] [1995] (VHS Tape)
A beautifully crafted piece of work. Increadibly engaging and very confusing until all the links have been established. Excellent acting ( Elias Koteas in particular) and a haunting, melodic soundtrack.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Psychologically Interesting, 26 Feb. 2013
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This review is from: Exotica [DVD] [1995] (DVD)
This is a film about the exotic, it is not really an erotic film although there is a very considerable amount of nudity. It is a gentle film with good characterisation excellent music and very good acting. The story is quite difficult to follow, but definitely worth a look.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 4 Sept. 2014
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Loved the film and this keeps me going in the car.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Weird and quite creepy Canadian film set in the 1990s ..., 1 Jan. 2015
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Weird and quite creepy Canadian film set in the 1990s but seems to be in the 1980s. It turns out to not be what you expect it to be, and it is made for TV quality. Warning, plot spoiler ahead: It's about a man who was accused of murdering his daughter, but then cleared, who develops an obsession with a young girl at an exotic night club.
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3 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exotica.......... a jewel, 3 Oct. 2005
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This review is from: Exotica [DVD] [1995] (DVD)
An exquisite gem of a movie, subtle and evocative interplay between the characters and a good soundtrack. Of a particular taste. You'll love it or hate it.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad but could have been much better, 23 Nov. 2013
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This review is from: Exotica [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
This film started off very ;promising and creative which captured my attention but then became a bit boring. As with most films it could have been much better if the producers of the film were a bit more daring and made better use of the beautiful actresses at their disposal in revealing more of them.
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