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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 NoteCanadian 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).
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
|Paul Sarossy - Director of Photography|
|Atom Egoyan - Producer|
|Mychael Danna - Composer|
|Atom Egoyan - Screenwriter|
|Atom Egoyan - Director|