Or at least until I could find one who made me come again. That was what these weekly solo cinema trips had been in aid of — dates for myself, self-care, an indulgence for me and me alone. But, as I watched those bodies grinding on the enormous screen in front of me, I knew that I needed…something. I slipped out of my seat and ducked down the stairs that led to the bathroom in the small, retro cinema that I attended every week.
Director Atom Egoyan , who wrote the screenplay, first conceived of the story in the fall of , intrigued by the ritualistic nature of table dances and the rule that clients can not touch the dancers, envisioning a story of a dancer having a main customer. While wanting to portray the clubs accurately, he also believed he could bring a skeptical perspective. Greenwood had previously appeared in St. Elsewhere and Knots Landing , and the two became friends. During production, several people arrived at the set believing it was a real club. Osgoode Hall is used for the opera house. Exotica received positive reviews from critics.