Adoration

Directed by Atom Egoyan (Sony Pictures Classics)

Adoration is the latest entry in writer-director-Canfilm icon Atom Egoyan's career-long treatise on technology, fiction and identity. And, like so many Egoyan offerings before it (Exotica, Ararat, Where the Truth Lies) the film is a non-linear, exquisitely structured, interesting and ultimately antiseptic puzzle that treats grief and the search for identity as intellectual exercises. This time, the identity-searching's done by Simon (Devon Bostick), a boy who explores his complicated feelings about his dead father by convincing his classmates (and an internet chat room) that Dad was a famous thwarted terrorist. Felicity's Scott Speedman shows up as Simon's uncle; his subtle performance makes you think and feel, a balance the rest of the film lacks.

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