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Guest of Honour (2020)

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Critic Consensus: David Thewlis' performance aside, Guest of Honour serves as a frustratingly limited return to form for writer-director Atom Egoyan.

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Jim (David Thewlis) and his daughter Veronica (Laysla De Oliveira), a high school music teacher, attempt to unravel their complicated histories and intertwined secrets in the latest film from Academy Award nominee Atom Egoyan (The Sweet Hereafter), which weaves through time exploring perception and penance, memory and forgiveness. A hoax instigated by an aggressive school bus driver (Rossif Sutherland) goes very wrong. Accused of abusing her position of authority with 17-year-old Clive (Alexandre Bourgeois) and another student, Veronica is imprisoned. Convinced that she deserves to be punished for crimes she committed at an earlier age, Veronica rebuffs her father's attempts to secure her early release. Confused and frustrated by her intransigence, Jim's anguish begins to impinge on his job. As a food inspector, he wields great power over small, family-owned restaurants. It's a power he doesn't hesitate to use. While preparing Jim's funeral, Veronica confides the secrets of her past to Father Greg (Luke Wilson), who may hold the final piece of this father-daughter puzzle.

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Cast

Luke Wilson
as Father Greg
Tennille Read
as Roseangela
Sima Fisher
as Prisoner
Tamara Podemski
as Detective Grove
Sugith Varughese
as Indian Restaurant Manager
Isabelle Franca
as Young Veronica
Alexander Marsh
as Young Walter
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Critic Reviews for Guest of Honour

All Critics (62) | Top Critics (14)

It's kind of a mess narratively and psychologically.

July 21, 2020 | Full Review…

It feels scattershot and overwrought, unfortunately.

July 21, 2020 | Full Review…

The director's sturdiest creation in a while.

July 10, 2020 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Guest Of Honour, [Egoyan's] latest effort, is decidedly that sort of low-wattage Egoyan classic, serving up familiar preoccupations and structural curlicues-minus any inspiration.

July 9, 2020 | Rating: C | Full Review…

The movie is consistently seductive, and it makes lovely use of a composition by Shannon Graham that is woven into Veronica's work as a music teacher. But... the characters' anguish feels more constructed than organic.

July 9, 2020 | Full Review…

Guest of Honour is grippingly obtuse, at first, like early David Lynch. But eventually, sadly, Egoyan nullifies all narrative possibilities with a silly and cumbersome plotline about an accidental house-fire and a childhood grudge.

June 5, 2020 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

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