Friday, February 21, 2014

Exotica (1994)

Director: Atom Egoyan
Writer:    Atom Egoyan
Cast:       Bruce Greenwood, Elias Koteas, Don McKellar, Mia Kirshner

A Canadian tax officer Francis frequents the strip club 'Exotica' only to spend time with Christina, a stripper dressed as a school girl. Christina's ex-boyfriend is the DJ for the club and there is another character Thomas, an exotic per shop owner, whose books Francis is auditing. After his time at the strip club Francis is seen taking a school girl to her house and paying her for baby/house sitting. The reason for Franics' odd behavior is revealed gradually over the course of the film.

This is the first Atom Egoyan film I have come across after getting recommendations from the good old Liverpool forum that I frequent, RAWK. It is a Canadian mood piece made on tiny budget. It was interesting to see Hindi music being used in the strip club and one stripper named after 'Kali'. Looking forward to discover what Atom Egoyan has to offer further as I delve into his filmography.

Rating: 4.5/5