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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.


Studio Sony
SKU 211585153
UPC 043396309531
UPC 14 00043396309531
Format DVD
Release Date 3/6/2012
Rating Rating
High School Students
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
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).
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
Atom Egoyan
Scott Speedman
Arsinee Khanjian
Devon Bostick
Cast & Crew
Noam Jenkins - Star
Yuval Daniel - Star
Rachel Blanchard - Star
Scott Speedman - Star
Thomas Hauff - Star
Arsinee Khanjian - Star
Jeremy Wright - Star
Devon Bostick - Star
Paul Sarossy - Director of Photography
Atom Egoyan - Producer
Mychael Danna - Composer
Atom Egoyan - Screenwriter
Atom Egoyan - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2009
UPC 00043396309531
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 101 minutes
Color Color
DVD, Widescreen, Dolby Digital (5.1), English, Subtitled, Spanish, Dubbed & Subtitled
Product Attributes
Video Format DVD

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