Exotica (1994)

ATOM EGOYAN

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB

Canada, 1994, , , , .  Screenplay by Atom Egoyan.  Cinematography by . Produced by Atom Egoyan, .  Music by .  Production Design by , .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  Cannes Film Festival 1994.  Independent Spirit Awards 1995.

Atom Egoyan creates an intoxicating view of a seedy underworld in this film whose story revolves around a house of burlesque called “Exotica”. The main characters who collide and interact are a young woman () who dances at the club, the club’s beautiful owner (), a tax auditor () who is a frequent patron, the club’s DJ () and a pet store owner () who picks men up at the opera.  How everyone manages to connect to each other is unnaturally forced, but there are moments of visual brilliance and emotional depth to make it a worthy experience.

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