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My favorite Atom Egoyan feature film is.......

Where the Truth Lies
3 (9.4%)
Ararat
2 (6.3%)
Felicia's Journey
1 (3.1%)
The Sweet Hereafter
11 (34.4%)
Exotica
8 (25%)
Calendar
1 (3.1%)
The Adjuster
0 (0%)
Speaking Parts
0 (0%)
Family Viewing
0 (0%)
Next of Kin
0 (0%)
haven't seen any
4 (12.5%)
don't like any
1 (3.1%)
other
0 (0%)
Adoration
0 (0%)
Chloe
1 (3.1%)
Devil's Knot
0 (0%)
Captive
0 (0%)
Remember
0 (0%)

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« Reply #10 on: August 22, 2008, 07:29:39 PM »
i loved the loss of the cild thread but it felt lost in the lame sex and smuggling plots.  Also I also got a sense of amateurishness from it.

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« Reply #11 on: August 22, 2008, 07:35:01 PM »
i loved the loss of the cild thread but it felt lost in the lame sex and smuggling plots.  Also I also got a sense of amateurishness from it.

I must say Egoyan in anything but an amateur.  The smuggling plot surrounds rare exotic eggs, a tidy intertwined cross-reference to the other themes of infant life and child death.

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« Reply #12 on: August 22, 2008, 07:40:17 PM »
i loved the loss of the cild thread but it felt lost in the lame sex and smuggling plots.  Also I also got a sense of amateurishness from it.

I would suggest watching Family Viewing and then revisiting Exotica. He has a project and themes that grow and change through his films. I think a lot of what people who don't like his stuff dismiss as amateurishness is a very deliberate exercise in style.
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« Reply #13 on: August 22, 2008, 07:41:31 PM »
it was more in the production value than plotting that i found it weak.

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« Reply #14 on: August 22, 2008, 07:42:56 PM »
i loved the loss of the cild thread but it felt lost in the lame sex and smuggling plots.  Also I also got a sense of amateurishness from it.

I would suggest watching Family Viewing and then revisiting Exotica. He has a project and themes that grow and change through his films. I think a lot of what people who don't like his stuff dismiss as amateurishness is a very deliberate exercise in style.

God, so agreed --- you have to see a group of his films to understand his oeuvre.

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« Reply #15 on: August 22, 2008, 07:44:15 PM »
that is often the case - i'll add them to the bottom of my Q and should complete by 2025 ;)

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Re: Atom Egoyan
« Reply #16 on: August 22, 2008, 07:46:09 PM »
that is often the case - i'll add them to the bottom of my Q and should complete by 2025 ;)

Or, don't bother.  You would be missing out though.

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« Reply #17 on: August 22, 2008, 07:52:24 PM »
i'll bother at some point - sweet hereafter and ararat are actually on there already.

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« Reply #18 on: August 22, 2008, 07:58:43 PM »
i'll bother at some point - sweet hereafter and ararat are actually on there already.

And Sweet Hereafter is one of his most accessible and one of his most powerful.

Ararat is pretty good, too, but the film gets caught up in some of Egoyan's thematic shenanigans that might make it not quite as accessible. (This is a roundabout way of saying my wife didn't get it and didn't like it.)

And you are right on the production values being a little on the cheap. I believe Family Viewing was shot either 16mm or on videotape.
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« Reply #19 on: August 22, 2008, 08:09:48 PM »
I remember Ararat and liking it.
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