Countdown to 5K! – #73 – Exotica (1994)

This is my 4998th Review

Original Rating prediction – 7/10


“He comes in here every other night. He has his favorite drink, and his favourite table, with his favorite dancer. Sometimes he has to wait for her, and sometimes she’s waiting for him, to protect him. She’s his angel. ” – Eric

Number of Times Seen – 1 (18 Feb 2019)

Brief Synopsis – A man plagued by his past spends his free time in a strip club obsessively watching the same girl every night.

My Take on it – This is  film that takes its time revealing what it truly is about and one need much patience to get there but it’s definitely worth it especially once things are revealed.

This story is layered so deeply that as things move along the information for us is slowly peeled away to reveal things that we never would have expected beforehand.

This allows for the viewer to begin thinking about the characters in a very different light once we begin to learn about their past and understand what brought the to where they currently are.

This film is a visual study as to why one should not judge a book by its cover because once we get deeper inside, we can see what has built these characters up to where they now are and at that point, we can no longer look at them the same way.

The cast of this film is superb and Bruce Greenwood, who is usually not a lead actor does a great job here giving off the emotions of his character.

The rest of the cats is also great with Sarah Polley, Mia Kirshner and Elias Koteas all showing how great they can be with the complex roles that they are given.

Bottom Line – Great film that takes time and patience to get into the story. The story is very layered and manages to slowly reveal more and more information as the plot moves along.  At the same time, we start to think of the characters in a different way than we originally did before we knew information about their pasts. This is a study of a story that proves that one cannot judge a book by its cover and only once we begin to see the building blocks of a person can we get a better understanding of who they really are and get some kind of explanation as to why they do things the way they do them. The cast is great and Greenwood is superb in the title role.  Polley, Kirshner and Koteas are also all great here. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Sarah Polley, playing a small supporting role in this film, later starred in Atom Egoyan’s later film The Sweet Hereafter (1997). Also appearing in both films are Bruce Greenwood and Egoyan’s wife Arsinée Khanjian. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)


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