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Speaking Parts

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.

With:
Michael McManus Arsinee Khanjian Gabrielle Rose David Hemblen Patricia Collins

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.

Speaking Parts

Canada

Production: Ego. Director Atom Egoyan; Screenplay Atom Egoyan; Camera Paul Sarossy; Editor Bruce McDonald; Music Mychael Danna; Art Director Linda Del Rosario

Crew: (Color) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1989. Running time: 92 MIN.

With: Michael McManus Arsinee Khanjian Gabrielle Rose David Hemblen Patricia Collins

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