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Guest of Honour

David Thewlis excels in this story of family secrets, a typically complex and mischievous offering from Canadian auteur Atom Egoyan.

Dir-Scr Atom Egoyan
Prod Atom Egoyan, Simone Urdl, Jennifer Weiss
With David Thewlis, Laysla De Oliveira, Luke Wilson
Canada
2019
105min
Sales Playtime

Atom Egoyan has long specialised in family stories of unorthodox complexity. His latest is very much in the tradition of such intricately plotted dramas as The Adjuster and Exotica. In a narrative that reveals its surprises with tantalising deftness, Laysla De Oliveira plays Veronica, who tells a priest (Luke Wilson) about her late father (David Thewlis), a punctilious food inspector dedicated to uncovering the secrets of restaurants high and low. As his story unfolds, so does his daughter’s, whose career as a music teacher is waylaid by a case of malevolent jealousy. Adroitly playing with time, technology and memory, this is Egoyan’s most enjoyable film in ages, with outstanding leads from Thewlis and rising star De Oliveira, plus a mischievous turn from the inimitable Arsinée Khanjian.

Jonathan Romney

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