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Exotica Exotica is a beguiling mystery by Canadian filmmaker Atom Egoyan in which people and their relationships are not what they seem The film delves deeply into the world of pain and obsession painting for us a canvas in which the characters and their stories are never static or cold but organic and contrived Painfully marred by their fractured lives and fears What at first appear to be diverse stories of a tormented tax auditor a lonely pet-shop owner and a sensitive stripper and her coworkers gradually merge to reveal a larger interconnected portrait The movie uses Charles Bresslers literary element of Structuralism which uses language in a broad sense to send to the viewer a system of signs or codes that convey certain meanings Bressler 88 These codes are written or unwritten rules that are instituted by society and culture and which govern relationships among humans Through Structuralism we discover how all relationships interconnect and how this specialized system of codes forces an individual to act in a certain way and also rules hisher consequences that follow Also used is Sergei Eisensteins editing principle of opposition similar to binary opposition in which an image collides with an opposing image resulting in a new idea This deliberate editing technique is used in the film to suggest to the viewer a new spin on an established idea All of these factors must be acknowledged deliberate actions to accurately portray the filmmakers intention On the surface Exotica could be considered one of your typical sexploitation flicks that appeals to the lowest common denominator however upon watching the film the story of the relationships between the characters is slowly unveiled and a commentary on the value of relationships is formed In order to see how the film revolves around the characters we must take a basic look into the skeletal structure of the plot The story revolves around the Club Exotica a strip club in the middle of
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