Speaking Parts, the third feature from Toronto’s Atom Egoyan, is a brooding, personal effort, adroitly blending film and video, but with mixed results overall.
Hero cleans hotel rooms, sexually services female clients off screen on orders from the housekeeper, but seeks a speaking part in films after playing extra roles.
He spurns advances from an equally brooding hotel laundry worker and persuades a scriptwriter guest to advance him for the role as her dead brother in a forthcoming pic. That she does to a producer, who is seen almost throughout on a video screen communicating with his staff.
Meanwhile, the laundry worker replays videos of the would-be-actor’s bit part scenes at home and attaches herself to a vidstore owner who tapes a sexual orgy and a wedding.