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Blu-Ray Review: “Adoration”

(Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. 2008/2009. 1 hour, 40 minutes. 1 disc. Rated R for language. Directed by Atom Egoyan.) Scott Speedman (Tom), Rachel Blanchard (Rachel), Devon Bostick (Simon), Noam Jenkins (Sami), Arsinée Khanjian (Sabine). Music by Mychael Danna.

When asked to translate a story in his French class about a terrorist plot, Simon, an orphaned teen, decides to insert himself and his family into the story. At the request of his teacher, Simon presents the story as truth, a move that sets his classmates and various internet chatrooms ablaze. As the story takes on a life of its own, Simon begins to question the foundations of his family. Director Egoyan (Academy Award-winner for 1997’s The Sweet Hereafter) deftly weaves a fractured narrative that questions the ideas of love, trust, the subjectivity of truth, familial bonds and loss. The plot shifts through time frequently, which can be a little confusing even if it does greatly benefit the patchwork nature of the story. The characters are similarly never clear-cut, and they feel more real for it, acting and reacting in convincing ways. There are no easy answers or glib reductions here. Special features include deleted scenes, an interview with the director and various “making-of” featurettes. An intriguing mediation on the ties that bind us.

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Jared Counts moved to Houston in 1995, survived high school and college, and graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Houston with a degree in Communications (Media Production) and a minor in Film Studies. After being hired part-time at KUHF Radio in early 2003, he proceeded to bounce between...

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