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Ararat (2002)

R | | Drama, War | 6 December 2002 (USA)
Interrogated by a customs officer, a young man recounts how his life was changed during the making of a film about the Armenian genocide.

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Ani
Setta Keshishian ...
Dinner Guest / Wailing Mother
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Shant Srabian ...
Dinner Guest #3 / Doctor #1
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Celia
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Ali / Jevdet Bay
Brent Carver ...
Philip
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Tony
Christie MacFadyen ...
Janet
Dawn Roach ...
Customs Officer
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Lousnak Abdalian ...
Gorky's Mother
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Storyline

People tell stories. In Toronto, an art historian lectures on Arshile Gorky (1904 -1948), an Armenian painter who lived through the Armenian Genocide in the Ottoman Empire. A director invites the historian to help him include Gorky's story in a film about the genocide and Turkish assault on the town of Van. The historian's family is under stress: her son is in love with his step-sister, who blames the historian for the death of her father. The daughter wants to revisit her father's death and change that story. An aging customs agent tells his son about his long interview with the historian's son, who has returned from Turkey with canisters of film. All the stories connect. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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A Quest For Truth... Among Lies, Deception And Denial. See more »

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Drama | War

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Rated R for violence, sexuality/nudity and language | See all certifications »
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Opening Weekend:

$211,130 (USA) (15 November 2002)

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$1,554,566 (USA) (24 January 2003)
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Charles Aznavour plays a character named Edward Saroyan. In the famous François Truffaut film Shoot the Piano Player (1960) Aznavour played a lead character with a very similar name: Edouard Saroyan. See more »

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Ali, actor playing Jevdet Bey: [as Jevdet Bey, holds up photo] This your mother? She's given you this photograph so that you may remember her. Look at it now. This is the face of a woman who's raised you to feel superior to us. She's taught you that Turks are vengeful and ignorant. That we're blood-thirsty. Now I am going to teach you something. For what is about to happen to you people is your own fault. As much as you talk about your prophet, Jesus Christ, in the depths of your souls you believe in *nothing*, but commerce ...
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Crazy Credits

Closing disclaimers: 1) The historical events in this film have been substantiated by holocaust scholars, national archives, and eyewitness accounts, including that of Clarence Ussher. 2) To this day, Turkey continues to deny the Armenian Genocide of 1915. See more »

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Mystery
Written by Gord Downie (as Gordon Downie) and Atom Egoyan
Performed by Gord Downie (as Gordon Downie)
From the album "Coke Machine Glow"
Courtesy of Wiener Art Records - copyright 2000
Copyright 2000 - Wiener Art (SOCAN)/Egoyan Ego Film Arts (SOCAN)
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Egoyan's worst.
4 April 2004 | by (Santa Cruz, CA) – See all my reviews

I ran out to see this in the theater since Egoyan was one of my favorite director's (that was until I saw this movie), with The Adjuster & Exotica my favorites. His talent has been on the decline since Exotica, perhaps because he can't make a film without his wife in it (Felicia's Journey being the exception). In this film she is awful, but so are most of the actors. This film was the biggest disappointment in 2002 for me. This is a message film & the message is: Turks committed genocide agaist Armenians & genocide is bad. Otherwise, the film did nothing to impart knowledge of the historical events that are supposed to be the basis for the film. The acting is universally wooden. The storyline was poorly written. A completely lifeless film. I'm surprised by all the 10's it has received. 3/10


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