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Plot, Details & Awards

Exotica

Rated R for some sexuality and language.

R In Theaters 02/24/1995 , 104min.
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Plot & Details

The action in Canadian provocateur Atom Egoyan's cryptic Exotica revolves largely around the strip club, which lends the film its name, a faux-tropical hothouse where young female dancers cater to their customers' sexual and psychological needs. Among the regulars is Francis (Bruce Greenwood), a troubled taxman haunted by Christina, a young stripper played by Mia Kirshner. As the film hypnotically unfolds, their relationship is slowly explored, the narrative dovetailing with the stories of a gay pet shop owner (Don McKellar), the Exotica's pregnant owner (Arsinee Khanjian), and its embittered DJ (Elias Koteas). 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.

Cannes Film Festival

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1994 Cannes Film Festival FIPRESCI Award for Best Film in Competition Won

Genie Awards

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1994 Genie Awards Best Sound Peter Kelly Nominated
1994 Genie Awards Best Score Mychael Danna Won
1994 Genie Awards Best Cinematography Paul Sarossy Won
1994 Genie Awards Best Sound Editing Steve Munro Nominated
1994 Genie Awards Best Sound Editing Peter Winniger Nominated
1994 Genie Awards Best Sound Editing Andy Malcolm Nominated
1994 Genie Awards Best Actor Elias Koteas Nominated
1994 Genie Awards Best Director Atom Egoyan Won
1994 Genie Awards Best Original Screenplay Atom Egoyan Won
1994 Genie Awards Best Sound Daniel Pellerin Nominated
1994 Genie Awards Best Supporting Actor Don McKellar Won
1994 Genie Awards Best Picture Won
1994 Genie Awards Best Sound Ross Redfern Nominated
1994 Genie Awards Best Sound Keith Elliott Nominated
1994 Genie Awards Best Art Direction/Production Design Linda Del Rosario Won
1994 Genie Awards Best Sound Editing Sue Conley Nominated
1994 Genie Awards Best Sound Editing Paul Shikata Nominated
1994 Genie Awards Best Costume Design Linda Muir Won
1994 Genie Awards Best Editing Susan Shipton Nominated
1994 Genie Awards Best Art Direction/Production Design Richard Paris Won

Independent Spirit Awards

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1995 Independent Spirit Awards Best Foreign Film Atom Egoyan Nominated

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