Adoration (2008)

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  • IMDb page: Adoration (2008)
  • Rate: 6.3/10 total 1,964 votes 
  • Genre: Drama
  • Release Date: 15 April 2009 (France)
  • Runtime: 101 min | USA:100 min | France:100 min
  • Filming Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • Budget: $4,700,000(estimated)
  • Gross: $293,614(USA)(11 October 2009)
  • Director: Atom Egoyan
  • Stars: Devon Bostick, Rachel Blanchard and Louca Tassone
  • Original Music By: Mychael Danna   
  • Plot Keyword: Controversy | French Class | Student | Internet | High School

Writing Credits By:

    (in alphabetical order)

  • Atom Egoyan  written by

Known Trivia

    Goofs: Continuity: When Sabine arrives at the door, it is gently snowing and her black coat has some snow on it. Once she enters the house (a different set, her coat no longer has snow on it and the rate of snow, as seen through the window behind her, is at a much faster rate.

    Plot: For his French-class assignment, a high school student weaves his family history in a news story involving terrorism, and goes on to invite an Internet audience in on the resulting controversy.  »

    Story: For his French-class assignment, a high school student weaves his family history in a news story involving terrorism, and goes on to invite an Internet audience in on the resulting controversy.


    Synopsis: Simon is a young orphan being raised under the care of his uncle Tom. The early scenes of the film show him filming his conversation in the hospital with his dying grandfather. Through the eyes of Simon we see the grandfather as a caring, wise man, while through the perspective of his uncle we see the racist, backwards side. Simon’s grandfather hated Simon’s father and claims that he intended to kill Simon’s mother in the car crash when, as Simon finds out at the film’s conclusion, he had an eye condition. This condition prevented him from being able to drive at night, as the glare from oncoming headlights would blind him. The evening of the car crash reveals a different side of the story, causing the memories of each character to meet head on, connecting disparate stories of each character to unite in an Egoyanesque conclusion.

    Simon’s family narrative is cleverly knit into a news story presented to Simon by his high school French teacher as a translation exercise. An article is read by the teacher about an attempted bombing of an aircraft by a man who put explosives in his pregnant wife’s luggage. Simon gets the idea to translate the story and write it from the perspective of the child in the woman’s womb. The teacher encourages Simon to develop his story as a drama exercise, however Simon presents it to the class and to the world via the Internet as if he really was that child. The teacher’s silence, as we find out later, is owing to her relationship with Simon’s late father who died, with his mother, in a car crash when he was still a child. The narrative of the car crash and the attempted bombing of the plane become intertwined as a way for the characters to deal with their past experiences, which they have all been trying to deny.

    The film is about a search for identity in a digital age where the truth is oftentimes irrelevant. Simon’s story of his suicide bomber father is met on the Internet with sympathy, anger, and even support as we see a skinhead on webcam telling Simon that his father was a hero. The alienation experienced by Simon in relation to the world-wide response he receives to this made-up story ultimately serves as a mechanism that forces him to turn away from his computer and video screen to face the actual issues he experienced as a child. Simon’s story takes a twist that involves all the other characters in his life, everyone’s narrative culminating in the piecing together of a fragmented past that needed to be re-examined in order for those in the present to be healed and re-connect with the people in their lives.

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    Produced By:

    • Atom Egoyan known as producer
    • Marcy Gerstein known as associate producer
    • Robert Lantos known as executive producer
    • Laurent Pétin known as executive producer
    • Michèle Pétin known as executive producer (as Michele Halberstadt)
    • Stephen Traynor known as line producer
    • Simone Urdl known as producer
    • Jennifer Weiss known as producer

    FullCast & Crew:

    • Devon Bostick known as Simon
    • Rachel Blanchard known as Rachel
    • Louca Tassone known as Young Simon
    • Kenneth Welsh known as Morris
    • Yuval Daniel known as Security Agent
    • Scott Speedman known as Tom
    • Jeremy Wright known as Delivery Guy
    • Arsinée Khanjian known as Sabine
    • Noam Jenkins known as Sami
    • Thomas Hauff known as Nick
    • Martin Roach known as Car Owner
    • Ieva Lucs known as Berating Woman
    • Katie Boland known as Hannah
    • Hailee Sisera known as Jennifer
    • Lia Bellefontaine known as Student On-Line
    • Jermaine Crooks known as Student On-Line
    • Hannah Fogel known as Student On-Line
    • Celeste Howard known as Student On-Line
    • Jamie McMillan known as Student On-Line
    • Yunus Mohamed known as Student On-Line
    • Nariné Martiros-Gharakhanian known as Student On-Line
    • Victor Nhan known as Student On-Line
    • Tristan Parlette known as Student On-Line
    • Lucas Paulino known as Student On-Line
    • June Rogers known as Student On-Line
    • Kevin Tung known as Student On-Line
    • Jack Blum known as Passenger & Professor On-Line
    • Maury Chaykin known as Passenger & Professor On-Line
    • Sharon Corder known as Passenger & Professor On-Line
    • Vera Frenkel known as Passenger & Professor On-Libe
    • Marc Glassman known as Passenger & Professor On-Line
    • Shel Goldstein known as Passenger & Professor On-Line
    • Paul Soles known as Passenger & Professor On-Line
    • Janice Stein known as Passenger & Professor On-Line
    • Geraldine O'Rawe known as Carole
    • Duane Murray known as Parking Security
    • Dominic Cuzzocrea known as Taxi Driver (as Domenic Cuzzocrea)
    • Tony Nardi known as School Principal
    • Aaron Poole known as Daniel
    • Soo Garay known as Granddaughter
    • Bathsheba Garnett known as Holocaust Survivor
    • Michael Barry known as Skinhead
    • Ron Bell known as Bus Driver

    ..{tab=Supporting Department}Makeup Department:

    • Suzanne Benoit known as makeup department head
    • Peggy Kyriakidou known as assistant hair stylist
    • Zinka Shankland known as hair stylist
    • Ava Stone known as makeup artist

    Art Department:

    • Elizabeth Bailey known as custom artwork
    • Craig Boland known as set dresser
    • Dave Bracken known as construction coordinator
    • Adam Brockie known as scenic painter
    • David Gonzales known as first assistant art director
    • Michael Harvey known as on-set carpenter
    • Rob Hepburn known as sets buyer
    • Jason Herriott known as key scenic
    • Jessie Hutchins known as set dresser
    • Jordan Kerner known as lead set dresser
    • Mauro Lacaprara known as assistant property master
    • Sylvia Lange known as scenic painter
    • Stephen J. MacDougall known as set dresser (as Stephen MacDougall)
    • Kim Maticiw known as props buyer
    • Aaron Morrison known as second assistant art director
    • Eric Nufer known as assistant head carpenter
    • Alicia Remigio known as art department apprentice
    • Kenny Roy known as head painter (as Ken Roy)
    • Steve Stack known as on-set dresser (as Steven Stack)
    • Craig Tovell known as head carpenter
    • Paul Vernon known as property master
    • Steve Vero known as custom artwork
    • Susan Worts known as props buyer


    Production Companies:

    • Serendipity Point Films (presents)
    • ARP Sélection (presents)
    • Ego Film Arts (co-production)
    • The Film Farm (in association with)
    • Téléfilm Canada (produced with the participation of)
    • Movie Network, The (TMN) (produced with the participation of)
    • Super Écran (produced with the participation of)
    • Astral Media (produced with the participation of)
    • Movie Central (produced with the participation of)
    • Corus Entertainment (produced with the participation of)
    • Ontario Media Development Corporation (OMDC) (produced with the participation of)
    • Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit (CPTC) (produced with the participation of)
    • Adoration Productions

    Other Companies:

    • Agency 71  poster design
    • Aver Media  interim financing
    • DeLuxe Toronto  video post-production
    • En Route Catering  catering
    • Entertainment Partners Canada  payroll services (as EP Canada)
    • Film Finances Canada  completion bond
    • Footsteps Post-Production Sound  foley recording facility
    • Francont Film  negative cutting
    • Jane Rogers Casting  background casting
    • Kodak Canada  film stock
    • Kudlow & McCann  production auditor
    • Multimedia Risk Consultants and Insurance Brokers  production insurance (as Multimedia Risk)
    • Panavision  camera equipment
    • Rights Company, The  script and title research services
    • S.L. Feldman & Associates  music clearances
    • Stargrazing  craft service
    • Theatre D Digital  editing and sound mixing facility
    • Trackworks Inc.  sound editing services (as Trackworks)
    • William F. White International  production equipment (as William F. White Toronto)


    • ARP Sélection (2009) (France) (theatrical)
    • E1 Entertainment (2008) (Canada) (theatrical)
    • Lev Films (2008) (Israel) (theatrical)
    • Maximum Film Distribution (2008) (Canada) (theatrical)
    • New Wave Pictures (2008) (UK) (theatrical)
    • Palador Pictures (2008) (India) (theatrical)
    • Paradiso Entertainment (2009) (Netherlands) (theatrical)
    • Sony Pictures Classics (2008) (Australia) (theatrical)
    • Sony Pictures Classics (2008) (USA) (theatrical)
    • Sony Pictures Releasing (2009) (Brazil) (theatrical)
    • X Verleih AG (2008) (Germany) (theatrical)
    • E1 Entertainment (2009) (Canada) (DVD)
    • Front Row Filmed Entertainment (2009) (United Arab Emirates) (all media) (Middle East)
    • Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (2009) (USA) (DVD)
    • Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (2009) (USA) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
    • Sony Pictures Releasing (2009) (Argentina) (all media)
    • Warner Home Video (2009) (Germany) (DVD)

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    Special Effects:

    • Rocket Science VFX (visual effects)

    Visual Effects by:

    • Ian Britton known as compositor: Rocket Science VFX
    • Robert Crowther known as visual effects supervisor: Rocket Science VFX
    • Hojin Park known as compositor: Rocket Science VFX (as Hojin Parks)
    • Thomas Turnbull known as visual effects producer: Rocket Science VFX (as Tom Turnbull)
    • Megumi Kanazawa known as digital compositor (uncredited)

    Release Date:

    • France 22 May 2008 (Cannes Film Festival) (premiere)
    • Canada 8 September 2008 (Toronto International Film Festival)
    • Canada 13 September 2008 (Atlantic Film Festival)
    • Canada 19 September 2008 (Cinefest Sudbury)
    • Germany 27 September 2008 (Hamburg Film Festival)
    • Brazil 3 October 2008 (Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival)
    • Canada 6 October 2008 (Vancouver International Film Festival)
    • Belgium 10 October 2008 (Gent International Film Festival)
    • Poland 13 October 2008 (Warsaw International FilmFest)
    • Brazil 17 October 2008 (São Paulo International Film Festival)
    • UK 20 October 2008 (London Film Festival)
    • Spain 31 October 2008 (Valladolid Film Festival)
    • Hong Kong 26 March 2009 (Hong Kong International Film Festival)
    • Czech Republic 27 March 2009 (Febio Film Festival)
    • Turkey 12 April 2009 (Istanbul Film Festival)
    • France 15 April 2009
    • Canada 24 April 2009
    • USA 25 April 2009 (San Francisco International Film Festival)
    • USA 8 May 2009 (limited)
    • Germany 21 May 2009
    • South Africa 12 June 2009
    • Netherlands 25 June 2009
    • Greece 26 October 2009 (Panorama of European Cinema)
    • Argentina 11 November 2009 (DVD premiere)
    • Brazil 2 December 2009 (DVD premiere)
    • UK 29 January 2010 (limited)

    MPAA: Rated R for language


    Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database

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