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The story has two dovetailing strands. There's Bruce Greenwood's traumatized tax agent who tries to get over the murder of his daughter (for which he was for a time falsely accused of) by going to Exotica, a high-class strip club where he has a strange (and platonic) relationship with a dancer whose shtick is dressing up like a schoolgirl. And then there's Don McKellar (the hilarious Darren Nichols from Slings & Arrows) playing a repressed exotic pet dealer, investigated by Greenwood. Also watch for young Victor Garber and even younger Sarah Polley. Egoyan creates the film in editing, pacing it non-chronologically as revelations of the heart. The relationships are mysteries but obviously important, and only by the end do we understand why the characters are who they are. It's masterful and surprisingly touching. Don't let the sordid subject matter put you off
Consistently brilliant cerebral puzzle on the unseen boundaries of communication and human contact.
Brilliant! Much better than The Sweet Hereafter.
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This movie ranks #30 in TIFF's Top Canadian Films
This movie ranks #43 in Scott Tobias's The New Cult Canon
This movie ranks #344 in Roger Ebert's Great Movies
This movie ranks #542 in Sight & Sound's The Greatest Films of All Time
This movie ranks #887 in TSPDT's 1,000 Greatest Films
This movie ranks #906 in Jonathan Rosenbaum's Essential Cinema
This movie ranks #1390 in The Criterion Collection