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Ararat (2002)

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4.5 out of 10 Ararat
thomas from Waterford, 25 Apr 2007
Riveting film. Sub plots and switches keep the viewers attention. I would recommend this film to any film buff. Subject matter will appeal to anyone with an interest in history particularly the Turkish Armenian issue.As the film deals with a genocide it is difficult to be even handed. Only negative for me was the very stereotypical casting of Ali the Turkish effendi. I like the way this film is directed and shot. Christopher Plummer is excellent as the understated clinical customs official.
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2.5 out of 10 Promises much, doesn't deliver
Maggie from Mayo, 20 May 2008
A film with a message, and only one message, the Turks committed genocide against the Armenians. The film says little more than this. It is set against the struggles of families coming to terms with their own difficulties, but these are not dealt with well, and some threads left unfinished. Using the customs office to help tell the story is contrived and false. This film deals with a worthy story and delivers its message in a highly moralistic way. It promised much more.
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5 out of 10 Ararat
Patrick from Dublin, 01 Mar 2008
Any film that gives a voice to a people who did not know why they died is a story worth telling. A very moving film.
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What's it about....
ARARAT, Atom Egoyan's mysterious drama about the horrors of the largely unknown Armenian genocide in Turkey, unrolls through a film within the film (also titled ARARAT). Jumping back and forth in time, Egoyan weaves together the lives of several people. Ari (Arsinee Khanjian), an art historian, is an advisor on the film. Her son Raffi (David Alplay) is part of the film crew. When Raffi travels to Armenia to gather some additional footage, he is detained by a customs agent...

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