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Atom Egoyan is pretty twisted...

By rania | Week of Wonders May 9, 2009 at 12:20PM

Atom Egoyan is pretty twisted...

...and that's why we love him. His new film, Adoration, follows a boy whose parents died together in an accident, his fictional memory of their involvement in a terrorist act, and the Machiavellian teacher (played by Egoyan's regular star, his wife, Arsinée Khanjian) who pulls his puppet strings. Included are webcam video chat rooms of people spouting unscripted opinions within the fictional tale.

It's a "talkaway" and you'll be compelled to discuss the film after you see it, though it's emotionally driven, not a purely intellectual exercise.

Egoyan loves to use video as character, and these are other must-see examples of that:

Family Viewing (1987)
Speaking Parts (1989)
Calendar (1993)

But my favorite Egoyan film, The Adjuster (1991), revolves around an insurance adjuster who gets intimately involved with the disaster victims he audits... and his wife, a film censor, who videotapes the excised naughty scenes, for enjoyment at home.

What's not to love about that storyline?

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