Egoyan's exotica: Where does the real horror reside?

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Voyeurism, Egoyan implies, is not only a humiliating position of someone who cannot achieve more, cannot have 'the real thing': it also forms a relationship, and allows a unique position of power. What Egoyan is fascinated by is not what people show and watch, but what people hide, or attempt to hide. This dialogue between the images of visibility and what they disguise, between façade and tormented secrecy, between nudity and the privacy of the self conveys also a dialectic Egoyan holds between postmodernist and modernist beliefs. Imposture is a major theme in Egoyan's films: 'identity itself is malleable, to be borrowed, customized or invented'. Egoyan sees the artificiality involved; his protagonists direct their own films. Exotica follow an opposite path to that of the conventional detective film. Exotica can also be seen as a critique of post-capitalist society.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPsychoanalysis and Film
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9780429903472
ISBN (Print)9781855752757
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2018

Bibliographical note

Publisher Copyright:
© 2001 Institute of Psychoanalysis; chapters 1-25.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Psychology


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