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3,163 Ratings


Directed by David Cronenberg
Canada, United Kingdom, 1999
Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller


After unveiling her new virtual-reality project eXistenZ, superstar game designer Allegra is attacked by an anti-gaming group. She is rescued by Ted, and insists that they play the game to know if it has been damaged. They soon find out that their sense of reality can become dangerously distorted.

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eXistenZ Directed by David Cronenberg

Awards & Festivals

Berlin International Film Festival

1999 | Winner: Outstanding Artistic Contribution (Silver Berlin Bear)

Genie Awards

2000 | Winner: Best Achievement in Editing

2000 | 2 nominations including: Best Motion Picture

At one point, Pikul stares blankly at Geller’s bio-port (practically a Kuleshov moment in the way the shots are cut together), then leans forward to vigorously tongue it. Gross and hilarious, but also so perfectly attuned to human sexuality. I know of few directors better than Cronenberg who grasp the simultaneous allure and absurdity of coitus. Even with the potential for repercussion, the hunger can’t be denied.
June 14, 2016
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Staging an interdisciplinary war between the Realists and the gamers, Cronenberg is at his finest here since Videodrome, coalescing the hypersexual, the grotesque, and the visceral… Cronenberg’s characters are aware of their own characterhoods; it’s a collaborative reality. The game-urges and the effect of virtual life on our real lives are so cleverly simulated and boundlessly relevant nearly two decades later.
January 21, 2015
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Cronenberg matches this strange banality with a striking formal artifice: Rear projection is used conspicuously, no attempt is made to efface the rigidity of studio sets, and performances from reliably robust character actors seem stilted and plastic. It all adds up to something slightly unreal, which makes it, unexpectedly, one of the most memorable fantasy worlds ever realized.
November 27, 2012
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