Film Response #4: The Calendar

Atom Egoyan’s film, Calendar (1993) makes fun of the documentary film genre and is filled with calendar films dates, videotapes and photographs. During the movie, atom (who cast himself as the main role) revisits memories he has of himself with his wife and a camera man and their journeys of taking photographs of Armenian churches for a calendar.  When revisiting those memories, he realizes that his wife had a small flirtatious relationship with the cameraman and notices the reasons why their relationship failed. What I noticed which was repetitive in the film was when he took out different women, they would all end the same way: the date going to make a phone call. These women that he takes out on dates are just temporary replacements because he feels a void in his life since his wife is gone.

Holden, Stephen. “Movie Review – Calendar – Review/Film Festival; Technology, a Tripod, A Romantic Triangle –” Movie Reviews, Showtimes and Trailers – Movies – New York Times – The New York Times. 19 Apr. 2011. Web. 19 Apr. 2011. <>.

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