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Next Of Kin Review


Excellent
23-year-old Peter is bored. How bored? So bored he'll take a trip simply to pretend he is the long-lost son of an Armenian family whom he learned about by surreptitiously viewing their videotaped therapy session. Soon he is on the brink of getting involved with his "sister," and things start to get a bit hairy as Peter (Patrick Tierney in a perfect performance) gets close. This is vintage Egoyan -- his debut -- made when he was only 23 and merely 72 minutes long, an ironic and darkly comedic look at the idea that maybe you can choose your family after all. Egoyan's DVD commentary track is remarkably candid in his feelings about the film's shortcomings and is definitely worth a listen.

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