In '89 Egoyan made his third feature; a feature that first put him on the world stage. 'Speaking Parts' after the fine 'Family Viewing' continued Egoyan's obsession with sexual desire, technology and the games people play. Casting was exceptional especially Gabrielle Rose as the scriptwriter. The film also began his long association with d.p. Paul Sarossy that bore fruit here. Cold; hypnotic; excellent.
I love Exotica and The Sweet Hereafter, and like Calendar a lot. This, however, was the first time Egoyan's tics (repetition, stiltedness) felt grating to me. The film has a strong conceptual hook, but lacks strong characterization or narrative momentum.
One can't help but notice that many of the threads and reflexions of Egoyan's early films, sexual and spatial relations to the immaterial video format and its impact on our reality, were already explored and much more coherent in Cronenberg's Videodrome.