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Atom Egoyan: Final Thoughts

Andrew COMMENTARYThe vast majority of movies that try to deal with desire miss out on one key detail involving the overall structure of it.  Desire is never fully repressed, it's just a question of how it decides to make itself known.  Yes it may not reveal itself in the way the holder may wish it to be (in the bluntest terms, someone who wants sex getting laid), but it seeps out in ways that may surprise us.


Atom Egoyan: Felicia’s Journey (1999)

Andrew COMMENTARYFor those that doubt - Felicia's Journey does, indeed, exist.


Chloe: Revisited (2010)

I reviewed Chloe for this site almost a year ago.  If you want a plot synopsis please revisit my earlier review, because I will be looking a the film in a different light as part of my set of articles on Atom Egoyan.

Andrew COMMENTARYIf there's one thing that I've learned looking at Atom Egoyan's movies it's that the man does not work up to his full potential when he is backed by a major studio.  Chloe was poised to be an erotic breakout hit, a film blending sex and Egoyan's particular brand of auteurism into a viable package for both crowds.  But, as the case goes, when you try to make a movie for everyone you make a movie for no one.

Revisiting Chloe I don't think that this movie was made for no one but watched in close proximity to Exotica or Adoration it's attempts at formulating a concept of desire unique to this film feel a bit more strained.  It's in part because of the genre.  The erotic thriller is very difficult to pull off because our desires are very funny.  They're almost all required to have a tinge of danger, like the master Bertolucci's Last Tango In Paris or The Dreamers, in order to make all the sex and temptation seem realistically palpable.


Atom Egoyan: Adoration (2008)

Felicia's Journey will come when it comes, turns out it's even harder to get a hold of than Exotica.

Andrew COMMENTARYRight now, you're forging a story about yourself.  Some people are allowed to be the heroes in their own stories, nobly sacrificing their own needs for the preservation of the many.  But quite a few others get a giddy thrill at the other side of the fence.  The area where we get to be failed martyrs, admittedly noble but misguided would-be saints that die for nothing but go out in a glorious flame.  If you were to examine your life on this, admittedly, narrow line where would you fall?  Noble warrior or self-knowing sacrifice?

Adoration, even though it's not as emotionally poignant as some of Egoyan's other films, is remarkably direct in the way it that we're able to weave whatever story we wish to tell.  Everyone confronts this issue nowadays.  In the face of the internet, the grand tapestry has woven so far and allows such an illusion that I can pretend to be a Japanese survivor of the tsunami.


Atom Egoyan: Where The Truth Lies (2005)

(One more week Felicia's Journey, the holiday altered my rotation a bit more than anticipated.)

Andrew COMMENTARYI'm endlessly fascinated by the way that we push our celebrities to behave in a certain way.  Take the recent death of Ryan Dunn.  His life was a testament to the way we try and push the limits of human endurance to the absolute extreme and he embodied this in a way few other celebrity personalities have.