(out of 5)

Atom Egoyan gets it right with this powerful drama starring a moving  as the young uncle to Sam, whom he has been raising since his parents died in a car accident, and an excellent  as the young man’s high school French teacher. Sam has drawn fire at school by creating a fictional monologue about his parents, in which his father is the terrorist who attempted the bombing of a plane headed for Israel years earlier, and his mother () was the unwitting victim who was almost killed by the devious plan. When it is discovered that the boy has been creating the story with Khanjian as part of a dramatic exercise, she is fired for improper conduct and further entwines herself into Speedman’s life; meanwhile, Sam is set on a course towards finding out the secrets behind his parents’ death and the nature of his family’s attitude towards the world at large. It’s as dishonest as most of Egoyan’s films, with its unlikely connections and melodramatic characters who don’t in any way resemble reality, but the acting is so pristine and the emotions so deeply felt that it comes off as high art instead of pretentiously contrived wallowing. It also features a gorgeous musical score by Mychael Danna and will hold you in your seat from beginning to end.

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Canada, 2008

Directed by

Screenplay by Atom Egoyan

Cinematography by 

Produced by Atom Egoyan, ,

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by ,

Film Festivals:  Cannes 2008, TIFF 2008

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Canadian Screen Award (Genie Award) Nominations
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role (Scott Speedman)
Best Screenplay, Original



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