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3.5
3,083 Ratings

eXistenZ

Directed by David Cronenberg
Canada, United Kingdom, 1999
Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller

Synopsis

In Cronenberg’s first original script since Videodrome, eXistenZ throws its characters into an unsettling, dizzying ride between material life and cyberspace to the point reality becomes distorted, when a video game designer survives an assassination attempt and flees with a marketing trainee.

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eXistenZ Directed by David Cronenberg

Awards & Festivals

Berlin International Film Festival

1999 | 2 wins including: Silver Bear for an outstanding artistic contribution

Genie Awards

2000 | Winner: Best Achievement in Editing

2000 | 2 nominations including: Best Motion Picture

At one point, Pikul stares blankly at Geller’s bio-port (practically a Kuleshov moment in the way the shots are cut together), then leans forward to vigorously tongue it. Gross and hilarious, but also so perfectly attuned to human sexuality. I know of few directors better than Cronenberg who grasp the simultaneous allure and absurdity of coitus. Even with the potential for repercussion, the hunger can’t be denied.
June 14, 2016
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Staging an interdisciplinary war between the Realists and the gamers, Cronenberg is at his finest here since Videodrome, coalescing the hypersexual, the grotesque, and the visceral… Cronenberg’s characters are aware of their own characterhoods; it’s a collaborative reality. The game-urges and the effect of virtual life on our real lives are so cleverly simulated and boundlessly relevant nearly two decades later.
January 21, 2015
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Cronenberg matches this strange banality with a striking formal artifice: Rear projection is used conspicuously, no attempt is made to efface the rigidity of studio sets, and performances from reliably robust character actors seem stilted and plastic. It all adds up to something slightly unreal, which makes it, unexpectedly, one of the most memorable fantasy worlds ever realized.
November 27, 2012
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