Adoration

SHORT SYNOPSIS

Adoration speaks to our connections—with each other, with our family history, with technology and with the modern world.

High school student Simon (Devon Bostick) is caught up in family history, technology and a shocking and explosive lie that intertwines the lives of his uncle (Scott Speedman) and his French teacher (Arsinée Khanjian), while forcing him to reconcile conflicting memories of his deceased parents (Noam Jenkins and Rachel Blanchard).

LONG SYNOPSIS

Adoration speaks to our connections—with each other, with our family history, with technology and with the modern world.

Sabine (Arsinee Khanjian), a high school French teacher, gives her class a translation exercise based on a real news story about a terrorist who plants a bomb in the airline luggage of his pregnant girlfriend.

The assignment has a profound effect on one student, Simon (Devon Bostick), who lives with his uncle (Scott Speedman). In the course of translating, Simon re-imagines that the news item is his own family’s story, with the terrorist standing in for his father. Years ago, Simon’s father (Noam Jenkins) crashed the family car, killing both himself and his wife (Rachel Blanchard), making Simon an orphan. Simon has always feared that the accident was intentional.

Simon reads his version to the class and then takes it to the Internet. In essence, he has created a false identity which allows him to probe his family secret. As Simon uses his new persona to journey deeper into his past, the public reaction is swift and strong.

Then an exotic woman reveals her true identity. The truth about Simon’s family emerges. The mystery is solved and a new family is formed.

Written, Produced and Directed by Atom Egoyan, Starring Arsinée Khanjian, Rachel Blanchard, Scott Speedman, Devon Bostick, Kenneth Welsh, Produced by Simone Urdl, Jennifer Weiss, Executive Produced by Robert Lantos, Michele Halberstadt and Laurent Pétin.