Our Rating: ★★½☆☆
L Factor: Minor lesbian content
Short Take: Intertwined lives connect in a strip club called Exotica. The club owner, who may be a lesbian, is kissed by a dancer (Mia Kirshner).
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Year: 1994
Duration: 103 min
Language: Canada/English
MPAA: Not Rated
Director: Atom Egoyan
Writer: Atom Egoyan
Starring: David Hemblen, Mia Kirshner, Calvin Green, Elias Koteas, Bruce Greenwood, Peter Krantz, Don McKellar, Arsin

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ExoticaI’m not even going to attempt to describe Exotica’s non-linear plot. It involves intertwined lives connected to a strip club called Exotica. Christina (Mia Kirshner, ‘The L Word’) performs there. Her ex-boyfriend Eric (Elias Koteas) is the DJ. Her most devoted client (Bruce Greenwood, A Girl Thing) is a man whose daughter she used to babysit when she was younger. There are all kinds of connections between these people and others.

The club owner Zoe (Arsinée Khanjian) is pregnant by contract with Eric. At one point, Christina touches Zoe’s belly, and after they talk, Zoe kisses her. Were they lovers at some point? Nothing is explained about this interaction.

It’s a film that leaves you wondering. It’s abstract and very open to interpretation. If you’re a Mia Kirshner fan, you will probably enjoy not only the kiss, but her strip performances that pop up throughout the movie. (AB)