Speaking Parts (1989)

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Speaking Parts (1989)

A struggling actor's job as a hotel custodian is a front for his real job: being rented out as a gigolo by his supervisor. A co-worker is obsessed with him, but he ignores and avoids her. He leaves his acting resume in the hotel room of a screenwriter, who is casting for a TV movie based on the true story of her deceased brother. She hires him to play the lead and the two begin an affair. She becomes increasingly distraught as it becomes evident that the movie's producer is changing her story. Egoyan's trademark tangle of bizarre relationships surrounds the protagonists on their way to a mind-blowing conclusion. A hypnotic, fascinating film.
Canada
UK
Italy
IMDb  6.7 /10
Creators
Director Atom Egoyan
Writer Atom Egoyan
Information
Release Date1990-07-27
Runtime1h 33mins
GenreDrama, Romance
Content RatingNot Rated (Not Rated)
Awards1 win & 7 nominations.
CompanyAcademy Pictures, Ego Film Arts
CountryCanada, UK, Italy
LanguageEnglish
Bride (as Jackie Samuda)
Peter Krantz
Peter Krantz
Groom
Patrick Tierney
Patrick Tierney
Eddy's colleague at video store
Robert Dodds
Robert Dodds
Doctor
Leszek Lis
Leszek Lis
Friend of the Housekeeper
Sharon Corder
Sharon Corder
Hotel Manager (voice)
David MacKay
David MacKay
Man at the Party
Teresa Hunt
Teresa Hunt
Women at the Party

Speaking Parts

Speaking Parts is a 1989 Canadian drama film directed by Atom Egoyan. It earned a Best Motion Picture nomination, and five other nominations, at the 1989 Genie Awards. It was also nominated for Gold Hugo in 1989 Chicago International Film Festival, and won Best Canadian Screenplay in Vancouver International Film Festival.


Plot

Speaking Parts involves a struggling, bit-part actor Lance (Michael McManus), whose job as a hotel custodian is a front for his real job as a gigolo by his female supervisor (Patricia Collins). A female co-worker Lisa (Arsinée Khanjian) is obsessed with him, but he avoids her. Meanwhile, Lisa's obsession with Lance has led her to rent all video tapes of films in which Lance play as an extra, from Eddy's (Tony Nardi) video store. (He never plays any "speaking parts"). Lance notices a film script in a hotel room and decides to leave his acting resumé in the room, whose occupant turns out to be a screenwriter Clara (Gabrielle Rose) for a forthcoming television movie based on the true story of her deceased brother and herself. Clara recommends Lance to play the lead and the two begin an affair. She becomes increasingly distraught as it becomes evident that the movie's producer (David Hemblen) is changing the story which is very personal to Clara. As the film progresses towards the end, the inner worlds of Lance, Lisa and Clara and the tangle of relationships start to unravel


Cast

  • Michael McManus ... as Lance
  • Arsinée Khanjian... as Lisa
  • Gabrielle Rose ... as Clara
  • Tony Nardi ... as Eddy
  • David Hemblen ... as Producer
  • Patricia Collins ... as Housekeeper

External links

  • Speaking Parts at IMDb
  • Speaking Parts at Rotten Tomatoes