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What would you do if you found out your father may have been a terrorist? A high school boy writes a story for class that makes this claim. Is it true? Friends, family, teachers and internet chat-room partners start to wonder and worry. Now he must journey through a maze of family secrets to find the truth about his dead father. From Academy Award®-nominated director Atom Egoyan (1997, Best Director, The Sweet Hereafter) comes a story of a young man who must question everything he knows in order to learn who he is and who his father was. Adoration presents a world where there is no such thing as us versus them and the truth is never as simple as right and wrong.
- Aspect Ratio : 1.78:1
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : s_medR R (Restricted)
- Product Dimensions : 6.75 x 5.25 x 0.5 inches; 3.2 Ounces
- Item model number : 5822958
- Director : Atom Egoyan
- Media Format : AC-3, Blu-ray, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
- Run time : 1 hour and 41 minutes
- Release date : October 13, 2009
- Actors : Rachel Blanchard, Scott Speedman, Arsinee Khanjian, Devon Bostick, Louca Tassone
- Dubbed: : Portuguese, Spanish
- Subtitles: : English, Portuguese, Spanish
- Producers : Atom Egoyan, Jennifer Weiss, Simone Urdl
- Language : Unqualified (DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1)
- Studio : Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
- ASIN : B002K2KMJA
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #123,427 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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accessibility of this film. It seems some of Egoyan's rough
edges have been finally smoothed out. Gone, finally, are some
of the annoying self-conscious, self-artful and self-proclamatory
iconoclasm of The Adjuster and Exotica and Sweet Hereafter.
With each new film, Egoyan matures and lessens (thankfully not
all at once and so abruptly) some of the self-conscious film school
hokum that plagues his early films (particularly the Adjuster)
though not to the extent of rendering his earlier films
unwatchable or lacking in cinematic quality. This seems
to be a Canadian thing; I have noticed that David Cronenberg
has followed almost exactly the same trajectory in the maturation
of his films over time (and I am as much a big fan of Cronenberg
as I am Egoyan).
This film does rather insist that you try and dispense with
pre-conceived notions and prejudices and is one of the most
effective films in fact in presenting the thesis that the
'enemy' (e.g., Arabs, Muslims, etc.) are capable of humanity
and subtlety and intellectual accomplishment. What separates
this film from more transparent ideological films is that
this film tries to emphasize global humanity without subtracting
from any particular group or protagonist (or self-proclaimed
protagonist). If I had one criticism (without giving away
the whole plot), I might say that towards the end of the film,
I am not sure Egoyan is completely neutral and un-PC and does
seem to take sides with a pro-multiculturalism philosophy,
though in fairness to Egoyan I do not believe he takes ethnic
sides (in this film anyway) with any particular party to
the various conflicts in the Middle-East (one suspects
his vagabond Armenian background-having to move around
alot-and the precarious positions Armenians have sometimes
found themselves in the Middle-East, has greatly influenced
his political and social views-this film seems to play
some of these out, but in a subtle and non-judgemental way).
One CAN leave viewing this film maintaining one's prejudices
without having felt like they were ideologically assaulted from
opposing viewpoints because to his credit, Egoyan is asking us to
think and is not condescending to us in this film ("Agree with
me or you are an idiot..."-Are you listening Oliver Stone ?)
which in itself is rare among Directors. Kudos to Egoyan
in asking us to think but respecting us anyway, even if
we choose not to.
This film is especially well-edited, filmed, scored and
plotted even by the usual high standards of Egoyan films.
As I mentioned above, the film is more straightforward
than some of his earlier films which, like The Adjuster,
were terribly hokie and self-conscious. This film is not.
It is beautiful, well-acted, simple, artful and thoughtful
and well worth the cost of seeing it at the cinema
or purchasing the well-made DVD transfer.
The film revolves around a kid named Simon who concocts a strange plan to deceive his entire school by placing himself inside a real life story about a failed terrorist plot. When doing an exercise in French class, he gets inspired and begins to translate a news story in the first person, from the perspective of the son of a man who attempted to blow up a plane. His teacher, who also happens to be the drama teacher, eggs him on until he invests so much of himself into this story that it begins to become his reality.
What it spawns it pretty phenomenal.
The first three quarters of the film is pretty great. What happens once Simon's `fake story' goes viral is controversially chilling; watching people become sucked into this faux reality, living a tragedy that never really happened but now happened inside their minds because it has a face and a name now. Watching Simon begin to test the waters with his `humanizing' the tragedy by placing the title `father' on the face of a killer can raise the hairs on the back of your neck.
It's a gigantic set up, which may be the reason why the big `reveal' seems underwhelming. This is where I am torn. Last night while I was watching the film I felt agitated that the ending was so anticlimactic, but this morning the ending carries a heavier weight with me, since it subtly brings the film to an intimate place.
It makes it feel real.
Yes, I found Sabine's revelation to feel a tad forced and maybe even clichéd (after it was revealed it felt lazily expected) but upon reflection the actual ending, while a tad too sympathetic for the tones of the film, seemed appropriate. It did seem like an odd diversion from the apparent focus of the films first half, which gave `Adoration' an air of disconnect, but overall it lays well on one another. Like I said, this is a film that will bother me for some time to come.
The acting here is rather superb. The mood presented is also very well captured. I had issues with the handling of the flashbacks, for the music used and the color palate presented gave it almost a soap opera feel, which felt cheap and campy at times. I also felt that the films constant time shifts were very confusing in the beginning. It all panned out in the end, but it took a while to get the drift of what was being presented.
Still, `Adoration' is a haunting piece of modern filmmaking that does justice to Egoyan's name and talent (his '97 masterpiece, `The Sweet Hereafter', is one of the best films ever made; EVER). It will challenge you, and that is what all good films do. I also want to discredit the claims that this film is preachy. It is anything but. The film very subtly allows the audience to invest themselves in multiple sides of a story and try to understand the viewpoints of others without taking sides once. That is a feat unattained by many but completely attained by Egoyan here.
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The central idea of the film is a fascinating one that immediately and persuasively draws the viewer in. Inspired by an article read out in class for French dictation, a 15 year-old student, Simon, has invented a story about his Arab father sending his mother on a plane to Israel with a bomb at a time when she was pregnant with him. His French teacher encourages Simon to expand on the story as a piece for her drama class, but crucially, without telling anyone that the story is a work of fiction. The incident sparks off a debate between the boy's fellow students and among the teaching profession, but it is also to have wider repercussions.
It's an interesting situation made all the more intriguing for the manner in which the director presents it, following several strands and including flashbacks, some of which may be real, others clearly invented, the debate taking place largely in the virtual medium of internet chat-rooms. All of this of course raises questions on the subjective nature of truth, impure motivations and the difficulty of establishing facts much less the truth. Even if the story Simon tells is false, is there not an underlying truth to it, and, since it gets people talking, does it even matter whether it is true or not? On the other hand, is just talking about it enough?
At times, the covering of these issues seems a little ...not so much didactic, confrontational or provocative (although it is all of these to a lesser extent), as much as rhetorical - not looking for answers as much as raising questions related to the world today and our response towards it. Crucially however, Adoration never diminishes the human question, relating it to real feelings towards of grief and bereavement, stemming from the tragedy of inexplicable deaths, and the wider impact this has on a community - bringing the film very much in line with Egoyan's Exotica and The Sweet Hereafter (not least in a significant bus accident here).
Adoration doesn't quite carry its premise through entirely satisfactorily, in the end revealing much that should be left ambiguous and over-burdening it with symbolism (the destruction of electronic media, the joining and separation of the scroll from the violin), but while it may be overly methodical and too deliberately paced for some viewers, the film is never less than intelligent, provocative and intriguing in its treatment of relevant modern-day issues.
New Wave's UK DVD release is well-presented, with an clean enhanced 16:9 widescreen image as well as a 2.0 and subtly effective 5.1 audio mix. The film is in English and there are no subtitle or hard-of-hearing options. Extras include the Trailer and an 18 minute interview with the director.
Seulement, cette matière, dont on peut penser tout d'abord qu'elle va donner lieu à des discours (sur la tolérance et l'intolérance, la responsabilité, etc.), n'est là que pour permettre le développement des personnages et de leurs conflits intérieurs, pour mieux comprendre de quoi ils se composent, et ce qui peut menacer de les faire exploser (le mot-clé du film, prononcé dans des contextes différents).
Alors, évidemment, les points de vue exprimés sur internet à cause des révélations faites par le personnage de Simon sur sa famille (voir synopsis ci-dessus) ne sont ni ceux de l'auteur, ni là uniquement pour eux-mêmes. En revanche, ils permettent à Egoyan de montrer à quel point la multiplication des points de vue n'aboutit pas à une unification quelconque, et conduit même peut-être à la nullité du point de vue. Mais surtout cela lui permet de montrer comment Simon, et les autres personnages avec lui, vont être obligés de sortir de leur bulle pour pouvoir avoir accès à une certaine vérité d'eux-mêmes et de leur rapport au monde.
Film-puzzle moins brillant que les plus brillants de ses films, Adoration n'en est pas moins pleinement un film d'Egoyan, soucieux de la compréhension des sentiments de ses personnages et de leur façon de ritualiser leur vie, en particulier grâce à des récits, des jeux, des mensonges. L'accuser de vouloir "traiter des sujets" me semble donc une erreur. Accompagné par une musique particulièrement prenante de Mychael Danna, Adoration balaie bien des thèmes mais ne les traite pas. Il amène à se poser des questions passionnantes, que l'optimisme (bienvenu) de la fin ne rend pas moins brûlantes.
Personne ou presque ne s'étant déplacé pour voir ce film en salle, espérons qu'il trouvera des admirateurs en dvd, et en tout cas qu'il sera apprécié un peu plus à sa juste valeur, selon moi assez grande, vous l'aurez compris.
Vu l'insuccès rencontré par ce film, il n'est pas étonnant de constater qu'ARP n'a fait aucun effort pour le dvd français : Adoration . Strictement aucun supplément. VOSTF uniquement. Tout au moins la copie est-elle correcte, ce qui est tout de même l'essentiel, vu que ce n'est pas toujours le cas chez eux.
Il existe bien une édition blu-ray ( Adoration Blu-ray ), mais pour y avoir accès il faudra être anglophone ou à tout le moins pouvoir lire les sous-titres en anglais. Si c'est votre cas, sachez qu'image et son sont de bien meilleure qualité, mais également qu'il comporte quelques bonus passionnants. Bonus que l'on retrouve également dans le dvd zone 1, sur lequel on peut éventuellement se porter en l'absence du dvd français, déjà épuisé (si tant est qu'on puisse les lire, bien sûr) : Adoration - Import USA Zone 1 . Le Blu-ray pourra quant à lui être lu sans problème sur un lecteur de notre zone, puisqu'il est indiqué zones A, B, C.
Je précise qu'un excellent documentaire a été consacré au cinéaste, Le Mystère Egoyan : il se trouve dans les suppléments du Blu-ray de Chloe .