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Speaking Parts (1989)




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"In my films, you're always encouraged to remember that you're watching a collection of designed images." Thus spake Canadian filmmaker Atom Egoyan in describing his calculatedly non-realistic style. In keeping with his earlier works, Egoyan's Speaking Parts, though grounded in reality, could never be confused with the facts of life. Arsinee Khanjian plays a near-somnambulistic maid who carries a torch for aspiring actor Michael McManus. She obsesses on McManus by renting tapes of the films in which he's appeared as a non-speaking extra. As McManus ignores Khanjian while wooing would-be filmmaker Gabrielle Rose (he wants to star in a film based on Rose's life-saving organ donation), Khanjian develops a sort of rapport with video store manager Tony Nardi, who also harbors dreams of becoming a filmmaker. The most curious (and, to some, maddening) aspect of Speaking Parts is that all the characters physically resemble one another. What this has to do with Egoyan's "message"--if any--is unclear, but it sure works towards the director's goal of assuring that the viewers are constantly aware that they're watching a movie and not Real Life. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi


David Hemblen
as Producer
Patricia Collins
as Housekeeper
Sharon Corder
as Hotel Manager
David McKay
as Man at the Party
Cindy Fidler
as Women at the Party
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Critic Reviews for Speaking Parts

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (1)

Egoyan's cinema has always been one of emotional displacement.

March 17, 2017 | Full Review…

It spoke to me as being more smart than enjoyable.

July 25, 2006 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Speaking Parts


Call it "not-bad" Egoyan. He's figured things out better in later films. Here he seems to be experimenting more than trying to create a masterpiece.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer


[font=Century Gothic]In "Speaking Parts", a shy woman, Lisa(Arsinee Khanjian), works as a maid at a hotel where she has a crush on a coworker, Lance(Michael McManus). He is also an actor who has worked as an extra in films(Lisa watches his movies on video. This brings her into the orbit of a video store manager, Eddy(Tony Nardi).) and sees an opportunity to move up to speaking parts when he slips his picture underneath the door of a casting director, Clara(Gabrielle Rose), staying at the hotel.[/font] [font=Century Gothic][/font] [font=Century Gothic]"Speaking Parts" is a good, intelligent movie about communication in the modern age. It is now possible to watch somebody without having any contact with them, but is that a good thing?[/font]

Walter M.
Walter M.

Super Reviewer

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