Exotica, 1994, Atom Egoyan
"Exotica" takes place in a nightclub where a group of
characters are brought together through ties to the club. Christina (Mia Kirshner), a young dancer who performs
often for a lonely auditor named Francis (Bruce Greenwood); Thomas, a
pet-store owner and the DJ of the club is played by Elias
Koteas. As details are
revealed, layers come into view. These are
lonely people. Francis and Christina share an strange if compelling bond, and he wants nothing more than to have her in front of him. While
these characters intentions seem at once simple, there is always the
feeling as if there's more that's still unsaid. It's that unsure feeling
of what will happen next that makes "Exotica" watchable.
By the end, the complex story has pulled the threads of their tales together in an
interesting and entertaining way, with a surprising ending. Good
performances, fine writing and excellent direction. Sarah Polley, just fifteen here, is as good as always. Atom Egoyan directed THE SWEET HEREAFTER shortly after this film.