Actor Arsinée Khanjian, longtime member of filmmaker Atom Egoyans stock company, turns in a wonderfully sinister performance as a high-school teacher with a guilty secret one of many recondite sources of pain in Egoyans emotional detective story about an orphaned teenager named Simon (Devon Bostick) coming to grips with the loss of his parents in a car crash years before. Writer-director Egoyan (Where the Truth Lies, The Sweet Hereafter) has trod this ground before the wistful expressions, the bare winter trees of Ontario, the mournful cello in Mychael Dannas music score but somehow it all seems reassuring, even the tensest scenes of fractious urbanites locking horns. Its Egoyans version of a social drama. With Scott Speedman, Noam Jenkins, and Kenneth Welsh (100 min.).
Director: Atom Egoyan
Writer: Atom Egoyan
Producer: Atom Egoyan
Cast: Scott Speedman, Rachel Blanchard, Kenneth Welsh, Devon Bostick, Aaron Poole, Dominic Cuzzocrea, Katie Boland, Noam Jenkins, ArsinÃ©e Khanjian and Geraldine O'Rawe