Synopsis: A photographer and his wife take photographs of Armenian churches for use in a calendar. Their driver, a local resident, expounds on the history of the churches while the wife translates. The photographer becomes jealous of his wife's bonding with the driver. In a series of flash-forwards, the photographer stages identical dinners with several women, who pretend to talk on the phone while he writes. His wife, now estranged from him, leaves repeated messages on his answering machine, asking why he never contacts her. Yet another thought-provoking look into strange, intertwined relationships from the always enigmatic Egoyan.
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Director(s): Atom Egoyan
  1 win & 2 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
74 min

Hi, it's either the end of January

or the beginning of February.

I can't be more precise

because Im out of town,

And I will be until

the end of the month.

If you need to get a hold of me,

you can call the studio at...

Hello, accept

the charges from who?

...55, uh, and...

I can't hear you.

Can you speak louder?


Thanks for calling.


Yes, yes.

He says the location

is really great,

But the story behind it

is really sad.


Apparently, 40 virgins came here

in order to spread christianism.


ribsinee and, uh, kayanee...

Gayanee were really

beautiful women.

And durta the king fell

in love with ribsinee.

So he wanted to court her,

and, you know,

Have an affair with her.

Excuse me just one second.

Is your camer going?

My camer?

- Yeah, the, the video.

- No.

Want to check?

I think it's still on.


You know, it's ridiculous.

We only brought so

many batteries with us,

- And it's just going to do...

- It's just a few seconds.

No, it's not a few seconds. It's

the third time you've done that.

Do you want to hear the story...

I would prefer, first

of all, if you let me.

Do the videotaping,

you know. I mean...

Ok. I want to use it too.

I told you.

I mean, you're taking

the photogrphs.

Let me do the video, ok?

- Ok, ok, ok.

- It'll be fine.

Wow, look at this corner.

That's really interesting.

Apparently, um, they built it

and then they realized.

It was really very harsh

as a corner, as a structure,

So they made

a sculpture out of it.

Are you talking about

this section here?


Hi, are you there?


Well, I finally received

the calendar.

It turned out really great.

But Im very upset though.

You just sent it without

a letter or anything.

I really want to know

what's going on in your mind.

We've known each other too long

to play these games.

We've loved each for too long.

It's very mean to send me

something that, I don't know,

Something that meant

so much to both of us,

Without letting me know

how you feel about it.

I know, you must be so angry,

But I try not

to be cruel to you.

Why are you being

so cruel to me?

Just share with me whatever

there is to share.


Please, write to me.

I do miss you.

May I use your phone?

Yeah, um, it's just on top

of the water cooler.

He says, he says it's

a wonderful idea.

That you're making pictures

of the churches.

Oh, because apparently, the

churches are supposed to be.

Completely in relation

with their, uh...

Oh, actually, the spot is...

has something to do.

With the actual, uh,

importance of that,

Of that place, so it had

to be in a particular landscape,

But regardless of, uh,

if it's beautiful or not,

It was more based on where the

actual energy of that place is.

So is there a specific energy

associated to this place.

That we're seeing now,

or that Im looking at?

What's he saying?

Oh, apparently, uh, like,

before actually building.

The church or the complex,


They would bring in people

who had specific...

Like actual ability to sense

the energy,

And they would sort

of show or specify.

Where that particular

spot of energy is.

So they would locate it

and then...

So I guess he must place a lot

of importance as to where I put.

My camer right now to take

this image or something.

I can ask him.

Do you want me to ask him that?

Well, yeah.

Nothing is accidental...

He says if you have put

your camer in this place,

It's really not accidental.

I hope not.

Because he says that the link

between heaven, the skies.

And the church is a very strong,

specific kind of relation.

So it has nothing

to do with chance.

Well, speaking of chance,

you know what?

The light is really

perfect for me right now.

Could you just move

out of the frame,

That way, and, so

I can just take the picture.

No, the light, the sun.

So, yeah...

I got it, ok.

This way?

It's April 24th. I'm working

in the darkroom all day.

Please leave a message at the

sound of the tone. Thanks.

Do you have a phone I could use?

Yeah, sure. It's just on top

of the water cooler.


It's a dwelling dating

from the 13th century.

At the same time as the church.

Does this mean anything to you?

The things he said?

No, the history behind

the things he's saying.

Well, they're, they're

interesting stories.

Just interesting?

I guess.

What does it mean when you

hear me tell you his stories?

What does it mean?

Yeah, it's practical, right?

What's practical?

My services as a translator.

I guess.

They started

the construction in 1213.

He finds it very special

as architecture.


- Should I ask him?

- Yeah.

A very special solution.

A very special solution

to what?

To the typical...

the architecture, I guess.

You guess, I mean...

I want specific answers.

He has told the story


But I wasn't listening obviously,

so I wasn't translating.

- So is he upset?

- I don't know.

Why don't you ask him?

13th century, probably built

at the same time as the church.

The village was built at

the same time as the church.

It was built on the image

of mamahatu,

But I don't think mamahatu would

have looked anything like this.

But I guess it's under her

auspices that it was built.

I'm not sure...

do you want me to find out.

What does he mean

by the image of mamahatu?

- I've no idea who mamahatu was...

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Atom Egoyan

Atom Egoyan, CC is a Canadian director, writer, producer and former actor. Egoyan made his career breakthrough with Exotica, a film set primarily in and around the fictional Exotica strip club. more…

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