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Format: DVD
Sku: 211585153
UPC: 043396309531
UPC 14: 00043396309531
Rating: Game Rating Code
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For his french-class assignment, a high school student weaves his family history in a news story involving terrorism, and goes on to invite an internet audience in on the resulting controversy.
Editor's Note
Canadian filmmaker Atom Egoyan has spent most of his career exploring themes of identity and perception, and he returns to this territory again in ADORATION. Simon (Devon Bostick) is a bright high-school student who lives with his uncle, Tom (Scott Speedman), following the death of his parents, Rachel (Rachel Blanchard) and Sami (Noam Jenkins). When Simon visits Rachel?s dying father, he learns that Sami may have killed himself and Rachel by deliberately crashing their car. In Simon?s high school, his French and drama teacher, Sabine (Arsinee Khanjian), reads a story about a terrorist who tried to blow up an airplane by planting a bomb in his girlfriend?s luggage. Simon claims the story is about his parents, telling the whole school that his father placed a bomb that failed to detonate in his mother?s carry-on. Sabine suddenly becomes close to Simon, while debate about his father?s actions lights up the school, with Egoyan carefully steering his film in several unexpected directions.

Egoyan is a master storyteller who knows exactly how to subtly manipulate the timeline of ADORATION to keep his audience on their toes. The truth behind the death of Simon?s parents slowly unravels as the film progresses, and the juxtaposition in values between Simon and Tom is thoroughly examined. Egoyan cleverly uses Simon?s obsession with Internet chatrooms to give insight into the escalation of interest in his false declaration about his parents? past, but he is always painted as a sympathetic character whose fantasy life has toppled over into reality as he struggles to come to terms with a terrible tragedy. Bostick?s performance as Simon is exceptional and thoroughly convincing, and pushes ADORATION toward the heady heights of Egoyan?s best work in EXOTICA (1994) and THE SWEET HEREAFTER (1997).

Features
Video Features DVD, Widescreen, Dolby Digital (5.1), English, Subtitled, Spanish, Dubbed & Subtitled
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Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Sony
Video Release Date Release Date: 3/6/2012
Video Play Time Running Time: 101 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 2009
Video UPC UPC: 00043396309531
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks:
Video Color Spec Video: Color
Entertainment Reviews
Expert Review Adoration - DVD Review
By: Chris Cabin filmcritic.com DVD Reviews
Published on: 10/2/2009 8:08 PM
About halfway through Atom Egoyan's 12th feature, Adoration, a woman wearing a mask of black cloth and silver jewelry asks a man about a nativity scene he is putting up in his front lawn and eventually begins to prod him about the Israel-Palestine conflict. He asks her to keep walking and she does but comes back later to discuss the same thing with even more assuredness. It feels like a fever dream, both to the man and to the viewer. How we perceive reality, whether in art, history, or technology, has been the monkey on the back of several directors, but none have seemed as seduced by the conundrum as Mr. Egoyan has been for the last two decades....read the full review
Cast & Crew
Video Cast Info Noam Jenkins
Video Cast Info Yuval Daniel
Video Cast Info Rachel Blanchard
Video Cast Info Scott Speedman
Video Cast Info Thomas Hauff
Video Cast Info Arsinee Khanjian
Video Cast Info Jeremy Wright
Video Cast Info Devon Bostick
Video Cast Info Paul Sarossy - Director of Photography
Video Cast Info Atom Egoyan - Producer
Video Cast Info Mychael Danna - Composer
Video Cast Info Atom Egoyan - Screenwriter
Video Cast Info Atom Egoyan - Director

Professional Reviews

Box Office
4.5 stars out of 5 -- "Mysterious and provocative, the drama will more than satisfy the filmmaker's dedicated arthouse base....An emotionally vibrant, unforgettable story, Egoyan's finest in years." 04/23/2009

USA Today
3.5 stars out of 4 -- "Moody, provocative and intellectually ambitious, ADORATION is primed to elicit impassioned discussion among audiences." 05/09/2009

New York Times
"[A] profound and provocative exploration of cultural inheritance, communications technology and the roots and morality of terrorism..." 05/08/2009

A.V. Club
"[ADORATION] marks a welcome return to the Egoyan of old, the one who could spin seductive mysteries out of disassembled parts and show how images can be manipulated into comforting lies." -- Grade: B 05/14/2009

Chicago Sun-Times
3 stars out of 4 -- "[A]bsorbing....The way the film presents emotions are clear..." 05/20/2009

Washington Post
"ADORATION is a delicate rumination on how innocence and truth evolve in the aftermath of catastrophe, as people stake emotional ownership in tragedy." 06/05/2009

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