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The Atom Egoyan Collection (Blu-ray disc)
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Collection of seven films from Canadian writer/director Atom
Egoyan. In 'Exotica' (1994), pet shop owner Thomas (Don McKellar)
arrives in town with a secret cache of rare bird eggs. Sharing a
cab from the airport he ends up in Exotica, a local strip club.
Fascinated by star stripper Christina (Mia Kirshner), he becomes
drawn into her sordid lifestyle, along with the club DJ (Elias
Koteas) and a disturbed tax auditor (Bruce Greenwood). As the
multiple narratives and chronological twists unfold, the characters
find their lives becoming inexorably intertwined as they head
towards a shocking conclusion. In 'The Adjuster' (1991), Koteas
plays Noah Render, an insurance adjuster whose attempts to help
others mask a deeper malaise in his own life. His wife Hera
(Arsinée Khanjian) is a disillusioned film censor who obsessively
copies the most explicit scenes in the films she is supposed to
review. After Noah helps a rich young woman whose house has burned
down, Hera invites a young film-maker into their home to shoot a
movie, and as their elaborate sexual fantasies are acted out on
video, they begin to explore a world where voyeurism and
exhibitionism are all-consuming. In 'Family Viewing' (1987), Van
(Aidan Tierney) finds himself in a difficult situation when he
realises that his father Stan (David Hemblen) is recording over the
family's home movies with home-made pornography. Not only is Stan's
lover Sandra (Gabrielle Rose) completely at the mercy of his dark
fantasies, but she also expresses a sexual interest in Van.
Dividing his time between the family home and a nearby nursing
residence caring for his aging grandmother Armen (Selma Keklikian),
Van meets Aline (Khanjian), who works as a phone-sex operator, and
the two concoct a plan to escape his emotionally cold father. In
'The Sweet Hereafter' (1997), powerful lawyer Mitchell Stephens
(Ian Holm) arrives in a small town in British Columbia after 14
children die in a school bus crash. Announcing that he will win
compensation for the townsfolk, Stephens investigates the
mysterious circumstances surrounding the accident, discovering
various dark secrets lurking beneath the surface. In 'Calendar'
(1993), a photographer (Egoyan) and his wife (Khanjian) travel to
Armenia to photograph churches for use in a calendar, employing a
native speaking driver (Ashot Adamyan) to escort them around the
country. On their travels a relationship develops between the
photographer's wife and the Armenian guide. Looking back on this
time from his apartment in Toronto, the newly separated
photographer contacts women through an escort agency and invites
them to dinner, all while his estranged wife tries reconcile with
him. In 'Next of Kin' (1984), Peter (Patrick Tierney) is a young
man from an Anglo-Saxon family who is constantly under pressure to
do something meaningful with his life. The family visit a therapist
in the hopes of getting to the bottom of the tension between
themselves and Peter's apparent laziness. When Peter visits the
clinic before the next session hoping to view the video recording
of their last meeting he is given the wrong tape and instead is
shown the recording of an immigrant family who had given up their
first son for adoption upon entering the country. What Peter then
suggests to his family and therapist is that he take a break in
order to find himself, but what he actually does is assume the
identity of this other family's long lost son. Finally, in
'Speaking Parts' (1989), struggling actor Lance (Michael McManus)
works in housekeeping at a local hotel while waiting for his first
speaking role. Meanwhile, his co-worker Lisa (Khanjian) is obsessed
with him and seeks out all the movies he appears in as a means of
satisfying her voyeuristic tendencies. When Lance learns a
scriptwriter, Clara (Rose), is staying at the hotel he chooses to
leave his résumé in her room in the hope that she'll give him a
part in her next film about her late brother. Before long the two
become romantically involved and Lance finds himself with his first
lead role but Clara becomes increasingly distressed when a series
of changes are made to her story by the movie's producer.
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