Calendar (1993)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB

Armenia/Canada/Germany, 1993, , .  Screenplay by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by Atom Egoyan.  Film Editing by Atom Egoyan.

A photographer (, who also writes and directs) tours the beautiful Armenian countryside photographing churches for a calendar, enjoying the details of the buildings’ histories thanks to the accompaniment of his driver () and a translator ().

Throughout the footage of their explorations are interspersed flashes ahead to audio conversations that speak to a break in a relationship, while a repeated motif of Egoyan at a series of dinners with women who leave the table to use the phone punctuate a story about culture and relationships.

The themes it touches upon are only referenced in the broadest possible sense, as there is nothing in the information that comes from Adamyan (whose charisma Egoyan does not recognize enough to give him his due) that informs the viewer of anything significant, nor does the personal relationship have enough of an effect on the project at hand.

It’s a hands-off movie, good in theory but rarely in practice, and as a result is a chore to sit through, with the exception of any time that Khanjian is on screen.  Her ability to make natural interactions interesting is not enough given enough opportunity to create the level of conflict that the story so desperately needs.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s