DVD - 2009
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Simon is a young orphan being raised by his uncle Tom. As his grandfather lay dying, Simon discovers how racist and backwards his uncle is. Simon's grandfather hated Simon's father and claims that he intentionally killed Simon's mother in a car crash. Simon's family narrative is cleverly knit into a news story presented to Simon by his high school French teacher as a translation exercise. The article is read by the teacher about an attempted bombing of an aircraft by a man who put explosives in his pregnant wife's luggage. Simon gets the idea to translate the story and write it from the perspective of the child in the woman's womb. The teacher encourages Simon to develop his story, present it to the class and to the world via the Internet as if he really was that child. The narrative of the car crash and the attempted bombing of the plane become intertwined as a way for the characters to deal with their past experiences. Simon's story takes a twist that involves everyone in his life.
Publisher: [Toronto] : distributed in Canada by E1 Entertainment, c2009
Branch Call Number: ADO
Characteristics: 1 DVD (ca. 100 min.)


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Aug 15, 2015

I didn't understand this movie until almost at the end of it. It was confusing and boring and several times I skipped through sections. Although it did hold enough interest for me to see the ending. The grandfather was q hateful, bigot; rude and intolerant, a miserable person until his death. Would not recommend this movie.

bluedog8422 May 21, 2014

I really couldn't see the point of this movie.......Scott Speedman's acting could be put to better use. Rachel Blanchard has been in better movies. Although the ending can be appreciated, it doesn't save the film.

Nov 19, 2012

While I understand how through the story Simon created that he and everyone around him are able to better fundamentally analyze their own lives, I was not a fan of the film. I did not like Sabine's role; she seemed out of place. The overarching theme of intolerance was overdone.

Nov 04, 2012

Mesmerizing, brilliantly layered story. One of those movies where you have to relax and flow with the story as it unfolds. Egoyan at his best, I think.

wendybird Apr 06, 2011

A powerful, quiet film by Atom Egoyan; Adoration won a Cannes Jury prize, 2009.
Is the story the young boy tells true? Was his father really a terrorist, responsible for planning a Air India-style disaster with his loving, pregnant wife on board? In typical Egoyan style, we come to know the characters well... or, do we, really?

Sep 02, 2010

I adored this film - pun intended. Intelligent, symbolic movie.

Aug 30, 2010

I liked this movie, not knowing where I was being led, and unable to draw conclusions to the very end.
Simon has to draw on his own memories, sift through the opinions of others, and work out in his own ways the relationship and feelings towards his deceased father.

Aug 26, 2010

A fantastic movie, complex and thought provoking, as is to be expected of an Atom Egoyan movie.

Aug 03, 2010

Although this film hints at some interesting underlying ideas, Atom Egoyan's garbled direction & an inferior cast (except for Scott Speedman) can't articulate or resolve them in any kind of satisfactory manner.

Feb 11, 2010

Skip It - Adoration (2008) 101 min. This is the fourth Atom Egoyan film I’ve seen (others were Ararat, The Sweet Hereafter, and Exotica) and yet to like any of them. I can’t get a handle of Egoyan’s narrative style which provides very little in terms of character engagement and makes the viewer do all the work. Call me a lazy film watcher, but it takes effort to follow the story that in the case of Adoration is relevant in theme but dull to the senses.

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