Candian Film and Literature (Fall,
Francis (Bruce Greenwood
; tax auditor, the father who loses his wife and daughter)
Eric (Elias Koteas;
DJ of the Exotica; ex-lover of Christina)
Thomas (Don McKellar;
owner of the pet shop)
Kirshner; strip-dancer, used to baby-sit for Francis)
Francis' niece); Harold, Tracey's father and
Zoe (Arsine Khanjian;
hostess of Exotica, pregnant with Eric's sperm)
Inspector & Customs Officer
I. Images of "traditional" (nuclear
family) Home: How are the families (Francis', Tracey's)
II. Betrayal of traditional relationships
-- What does it mean when Francis, after being thrown
out of Exotica, said that we don't get asked to be brought into this world,
and nobody asks us to stay, either?
Francis's home -- with
only photos and a baby-sitter there with "the baby."
Tracey's home -- poor,
noisy, with only a father on wheelchair.
Christina's home --beautiful
III. Exotica vs. Central Inspectors:
The familial relationships between
Francis, his wife and his brother.
The loss of Francis' daughter.
The broken family of Christina's.
Zoe's mother's betrayal of the
girls in Exotica.
The broken relationship between
Christina and Eric.
The contradictions in Francis'
life: a tax auditor during the day, performing his private rituals at night.
The use of mirrors in Exotica
and by the customs officers. Do they differ?
III. "Exotica" and the other Exotic places:
What gets to be established after the destruction of families?
A strip club with rules and
tradition. You look; you don't touch. Zoe continues her mother's
career but creates her own options.
-- its tropical decor:
Extended meaning of Exotia
-- "out there it's a jungle." the background music (Mychael Danna's, inspired
by Indian music; Leonard Cohen "Everybody Knows") . Police
IV. Memory, Photographs and Videos:
-- stereotypes of school
girl: What does Christina do about her role as an
innocent school girl?
"What is it that gives a
schoolgirl her special innocence?''
"they look at you with those
big eyes, their whole life ahead of them, while you've wasted half of yours.''
--the relationships there:
between Zoe and
Christina; Zoe and Eric.
-- Performance of rituals
by Francis and Christina.
-- Obsession of Eric
by the past. Also Francis'.
2. Thomas' ritual of getting his dates
with free concert tickets.
these people break out of their rituals or repeating the past; establish
a new kind of relationship, or just performing and pretending?
-- The setup by Eric -- and
counter-setup by Francis--a repetition
-- How are the touches by Francis
and Thomas taken respectively by Christina? Does she repeatedly feel
-- the embrace between Francis
is also betrayed by the officer he dates. How does he deal with human
relationship (specifically with Francis and Christina) afterwards?
How is memory
treated in this film? Through the characters' obsession and rituals
and what else?
Why does the
film ends in the past? Is that another kind of stasis in the past?
The Egoyan Nucleus