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Running time
103 min.
Canada Canada
Atom Egoyan
Mychael Danna
Paul Sarossy
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Alliance Communications / Ego Film Art Production / Miramax / Téléfilm Canada
Drama | Cult Movie. Ensemble Film. Psychological Drama
Synopsis / Plot
Exotica, a strip club, is a faux-tropical hothouse where young female dancers cater to their customers' sexual and psychological needs. Among the regulars is Francis, a troubled taxman haunted by Christina, a young stripper. As the film hypnotically unfolds, their relationship is slowly explored, the narrative dovetailing with the stories of a gay pet shop owner, the Exotica's pregnant owner, and its embittered DJ. Like all of Egoyan's films, Exotica is a riddle, its answers only fostering more questions. The director's recurring themes of family breakdowns, voyeurism and obsession are all in the mix here as well, but essayed with a new clarity of vision and intensity.
1994: Cannes Film Festival: International Critics Prize
1994: Toronto Film Festival: Best Canadian Feature Film
1994: Valladolid Film Festival - Seminci: Silver Spike
1994: Genie Awards: Best Canadian Feature
1995: Independent Spirit Awards: Nominated for Best Foreign Film
1995: Chicago Film Critics Awards: Nominated for Best Picture & Screenplay
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