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Day 8: Live from Cannes: Nasty human habits in Egoyan’s ‘Adoration’

Falling into a talkie kind of screenplay, Atom Egoyan’s Adoration is by far his best work since The Sweet Hereafter. This is about goring out the truth, in an internet age where make-believe is second nature and exaggeration is common place. Here the storyline is sliced into pieces that look at the flow of information, looks at culture differences and how it can fuel a hatred so violent that it becomes unknowingly embedded in others. The French critics aren’t chumming up to this number, with coincidences conventionally placed within the strategic script where revelations in the finally stanza make this flashback exercise all the more fun.

 

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Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at IONCINEMA.com, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson’s "This Teacher" (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022, he was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).

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