(out of 5)

A standout accomplishment by Atom Egoyan, here looking to his Armenian roots for a powerful story about history, healing and hope. A book about a survivor of the Armenian genocide of 1915 has caught the eye of a filmmaker () and screenwriter () working on a film about the controversial tragedy. They hire the book’s writer (, who is marvelous) to act as consultant on the film and contribute to the realism of their project. Khanjian’s son, , is dealing with his personal family’s involvement with the political aftermath between Turkey and its denial of the Armenian holocaust, unfolding his personal story to a customs officer () while waiting to be admitted back into Canada. The multiple subplots that magically connect, a staple of Egoyan’s films, are sometimes too extraneous to the plot, but the whole thing plays so smoothly and with such beautiful rhythm and palpable emotion that there’s no need for serious criticism of its excesses. Egoyan’s choice to make a film with various forms of art instead of just a straightforward historical epic pays off with information and dramatic layers.

, Serendipity Point Films, , , , , ,

Canada/France, 2002

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:  TIFF 2002

Cannes Film Festival:  2002

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National Board Of Review Award
Freedom of Expression Award

Canadian Screen Awards (Genie Awards)
Best Motion Picture
Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role (Arsinee Khanjian)
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role (Elias Koteas)
Best Achievement in Costume Design
Best Achievement in Music – Original Score

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role (David Alpay)
Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role (Christopher Plummer)
Best Screenplay, Original
Best Achievement in Art Direction/Production Design



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