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Atom Egoyans Exotica I wanted to make a movie about believable people doing believable things in an unbelievable way stated Atom Egoyan of his recent film The Adjuster The Canadian director has recently been acclaimed for his imagination and originality which is more than evident in his latest work Exotica In this film Egoyan masterfully uses the popular technique of a multi-line plot in which the plot moves back and forth across time so that links among events and characters surface slowly with increasing intensity This creates some confusion for the viewer and one is kept guessing about the relationship between the various characters in the film However as time goes on their initial unconnected appearance evolves into an unbreakable chain of dependence The characters seem completely real even while they appear to be acting without any apparent explanation - and then seem even more real when we understand them Exotica clearly illustrates the importance of character in film It is common in the classic Hollywood film to simply portray one principle character and create the story around himher However Egoyans Exotica differs in this respect as he portrays five principle characters each with separate desires and unifies them via the complex and tangled narrative in such a manner that by the end these people are so tightly wound up together that if you took one away their world would collapse After the first few scenes of the film we are taken to club Exotica where we are introduced to Francis Bruce Greenwood the tax auditor At first we assume he is a typical man seeking entertainment of a sexual nature from the young and innocent as depicted by her school girl ensemble Christina Mia Kirshner However as the story develops we find that Francis has a more honorable reason for attending this club The narrative slowly reveals a man torn by the murder of his daughter and the loss of his
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