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Calendar (1993)

Original Title : Calendar
Director : Atom Egoyan
Writer : Atom Egoyan
Genre : Comedy
Drama
Country : Armenia
Language : English, Armenian, French, German
Producer : Atom Egoyan , Arsinée Khanjian , Robert Lantos
Photography : Atom Egoyan
Norayr Kasper
Distributor : Zeitgeist Films
IMDB ID : 0106504
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Calendar (1993) - Atom Egoyan
 

Starring

Arsinée Khanjian Wife/Translator
Ashot Adamyan Driver/Guide
Atom Egoyan Photographer
Michelle Bellerose Guest
Natalia Jasen Guest
Susan Hamann Guest
Sveta Kohli Guest
Viva Tsvetnova Guest
Roula Said Guest (as Rula Said
Annie Szamosi Guest
Anna Pappas Guest
Amanda Martínez Guest
Diane Kofri Guest
 

Plot

A photographer and his wife take photographs of Armenian churches for use in a calendar. Their driver, a local resident, expounds on the history of the churches while the wife translates. The photographer becomes jealous of his wife's bonding with the driver. In a series of flash-forwards, the photographer stages identical dinners with several women, who pretend to talk on the phone while he writes. His wife, now estranged from him, leaves repeated messages on his answering machine, asking why he never contacts her. Yet another thought-provoking look into strange, intertwined relationships from the always enigmatic Egoyan.
 

Comments

Perhaps not entirely successful, but definitely good and well worth seeing, 4 September 2006 Author: zetes from Saint Paul, MN A small project wedged between his first two more mainstream products, The Adjuster and Exotica, Calendar stars the director and his wife, Arsinée Khanjian as a photographer and his wife. They are traveling to different Armenian churches in order to photograph them for a calendar. Both of them are Armenian by heritage, but he is disconnected from it, while she speaks the language (and acts as translator). During the trip, their Armenian guide begins to grow closer to the wife. The film actually takes place much later, as Egoyan, now no longer with his wife, is trying to duplicate her by holding "auditions" with women, presumably re-enacting the first meeting with his ex. It',s all rather confusing. I never quite figured it all out. I',m not sure the film works. I liked all the stuff about the Armenian churches (some beautiful images here, and the film',s style in these scenes is great), but the whole narrative about the dates never seemed to come to fruition. However, it is an extremely interesting film, and it',s rather haunting at the end. Calendar itself may feel somewhat incomplete, but Egoyan is definitely a fully-fledged artist here. The only earlier film of his I',ve seen, Speaking Parts, did not communicate his talent. This is definitely worth seeing, especially as it only runs at 75 minutes.