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Next of Kin (1984)

Original Title : Next of Kin
Director : Atom Egoyan
Writer : Atom Egoyan
Genre : Drama
Country : Canada
Language : English
Producer : Atom Egoyan
Photography : Peter Mettler
Distributor : Connoisseur Video
IMDB ID : 0087789
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poster for "Next of Kin" by Atom Egoyan (1984)
Next of Kin (1984) - Atom Egoyan
 

Starring

Patrick Tierney Peter Foster/Bedros Deryan
Berge Fazlian George Deryan
Sirvart Fazlian Sonya Deryan
Arsinée Khanjian Azah Deryan
Margaret Loveys Mrs. Foster
Thomas Tierney Mr. Foster
Phil Rash Foster Counsellor
Paul Babiak Deryan Counsellor
Constantino Magnatta Video Operator (as Tino Magnatta
Andrew Coyne Counsellor in Elevator
Peg Christopherson Counsellor in Elevator
Linzee Collins Receptionist
Robert Kosoy Boy in Store
Charmaine Lord Stripper
Hagop Apkarian Birthday Guest/Man Taking Suitcase at Airport (uncredited
 

Plot

Twenty-three-year old Peter Foster is an only child who lives at home, where he constantly hears his parents arguing. Because Peter does nothing all day, the family goes to a clinic where a therapist videotapes them. After Peter watches his tape, he views the tape of a troubled Armenian family, who gave their only son away for adoption when they arrived in Canada. Peter decides to visit this family, and he pretends to be their son, Bedros Deryan. The Deryan family welcomes him with open arms, and Peter tries to patch up the poor relationship between George Deryan and his daughter Azah.
 

Comments

Excellent!, 12 November 2001 Author: Xenoid (xenoid@yahoo.com) from Watertown, MA Atom Egoyan proves early on his talent as a story-teller in this 1984 Drama/Comedy about a man searching for an identity. The premise is a lot like that of The Graduate, a young man not sure where is future lies, although the way they go about it is completely opposite, the beginning definitely reminds me of "The Graduate"Peter Foster is a 23 year old man still living with his controlling parents. With no ambition in his life, the Foster family visits a therapist, hoping that they can be helped. While viewing the video-recording of his therapy session, he puts in another tape of an Armenian family seeking therapy. It is revealed that this Armenian family had given up a son for adoption early on. Peter comes up with a plan where he will "pretend" (a theme which comes up often in the film) to be Bedros, the long lost son of this elderly couple. The story is told well, in the trademark Egoyan style. The film mixes comedy with drama, containing beautiful artistic elements that we can definitely associate with Atom Egoyan. The simple fact where there are no subtitles is interesting in itself, because Peter doesn't know what is being said, why should the audience? (Although this is only a few seconds here and there, it doesn't take away at all from the film) If you are a fan of Atom Egoyan I highly recommend seeing this film, enjoy!