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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
on 21 September 2000
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
on 1 March 2006
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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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on 24 July 2006
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
Made in Canada in 1994 this is from film maker Atom Egoyan. It centres around a `gentleman's club' just outside Toronto where men come to watch ladies dance in various states of undress and for five dollars they can get a personal dance ; how inflation has pushed that price up. The DJ and MC is Eric who plays sexy - ish music and introduces the ladies discussing their lures like a frustrated voyeur. One being his ex for whom he still carries a torch and a ton of jealousy.

We also have a tax inspector called Francis who attends the club nigh on all the time to be with one particular dancer. He has an unsettled past and involves one of his clients who runs a pet shop and has a thing for the opera.

The first thing you notice about this film is how it looks and sounds, it seems just so fresh and vital The camera seems to love everything put in front of it. The acting is stilted on purpose and everything seems obscured from full revelation almost from the start. And the reason for that is this is a mystery or a series of them and they are al interconnected if even by a thread so fine it must be made of gossamer.

This is a film that exudes sex, but has none and drips with style in the most unstylish of scenes, an absolute joy to watch and one I am amazed I had not seen until now - an absolute must see for all serious cinema fans.
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TOP 50 REVIEWERon 26 January 2014
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
on 20 March 2001
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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on 5 August 2015
The film itself is quite complex with a great soundtrack but let down by a lacklustre transfer to bluray, if ever a film needs love, care and remastering, it's this wonderful film from Atom Egoyan. The Canadian bluray has the same transfer but the audio is a much improved English DTS-HD Master audio 2.0. £19.00 at time of writing.
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on 1 July 2015
Good and as I expected. Atom Egoyan always plays with your expectations, but in a more honest way than Mamet insofar as every plot development and twist is both logical and true. Mind games are not his forty he is more interested in examining despair and redemption.
This film is one of his finest examples .
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on 26 February 2013
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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on 22 October 2015
This is an interesting sounding album that mixes Indian Eastern sounds with Jon Hassell type horns creating a unique exotic atmosphere.
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