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7.5
/10
1,301 Ratings

Exotica

Directed by Atom Egoyan
Canada, 1994
Drama, Mystery

Synopsis

A man plagued by neuroses frequents the club Exotica in an attempt to find solace, but even there his past is never far away.

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Exotica Directed by Atom Egoyan

Critics reviews

Because Egoyan is a master at strategically withholding information, it takes a long time just to work out exactly what’s going on, and even longer for the story’s multiple strands to converge. When they finally do, however, Exotica—much like Egoyan’s subsequent film, The Sweet Hereafter—proves to be a devastatingly cathartic exploration of tragedy’s aftermath and the ways that people attempt to cope with inexpressible grief.
August 20, 2014
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The saddest parts of Exotica — Atom Egoyan’s lush and affecting sixth feature, a movie inflected like its predecessors by obsessive sexual rituals and desperate familial longings — are moments when money awkwardly changes hands… Exotica has plenty to say about the modern world, including the psychological, social, and racial (even colonial) ramifications of “exotic” sexual tastes, but class difference isn’t a significant part of its agenda either.
March 17, 1995
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