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Exotica [DVD] [1995]

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  • Actors: Bruce Greenwood, Elias Koteas, Don McKellar, David Hemblen, Calvin Green
  • Directors: Atom Egoyan
  • Writers: Atom Egoyan
  • Producers: Atom Egoyan, Camelia Frieberg, David J. Webb, Robert Lantos
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English, Hebrew
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Network
  • DVD Release Date: 1 Aug. 2005
  • Run Time: 99 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0009PZ88K
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 105,714 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Canadian writer/director Atom Egoyan continues his examination of human morality and the politics of voyeurism in this steamy thriller, set in a strip club. Pet shop owner Thomas (Don McKellar) arrives in town with a secret cache of rare bird eggs. Sharing a cab from the airport he ends up in Exotica, a local strip club. Fascinated by star stripper Christina (Mia Kirshner), he becomes drawn into her sordid lifestyle, along with the club DJ (Elias Koteas) and a disturbed tax auditor (Bruce Greenwood). As the multiple narratives and chronological twists unfold, the characters find their lives becoming inexorably intertwined as they head towards a shocking conclusion.

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Format: 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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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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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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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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By Lendrick VINE VOICE on 19 Dec. 2015
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Billed as an 'erotic thriller' (which to be fair probably wasn't the directors idea) Exotica has precious little eroticism and zero thrills. Though like a thriller it relies heavily on coincidence for what little plot it has.

It's one of those films in which precious little happens, but leaves lots of space for the audience to project onto. Personally I prefer something with a bit more substance. The great soundtrack is one of its few redeeming features.
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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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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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By A Customer on 20 Mar. 2001
Format: 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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