TIFF 2023 Review Seven Veils

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This opera-set drama is bolstered by an excellent lead performance by

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Genre:  Drama 
Directed By:  Atom Egoyan 
Cast:  Amanda Seyfried  Mark O'Brien  Douglas Smith  Rebecca Liddiard  Vinessa Antoine 
Produced/Distributed By:  Elevation Pictures 
Plot Synopsis:  An earnest theater director has the task of remounting her former mentor's most famous work, the opera Salome. Some disturbing memories from her past will allow her repressed trauma to color the present.


Rape and Sexual Assault -  Child abuse/pedophilia -  Suicide - 

A young opera director's personal trauma transfers over into her production of Salome in Seven Veils. Jeanine (Amanda Seyfried) is a young theatre director tasked by the Canadian Opera Company with remounting a production of Richard Strauss' biblical opera Salome, previously produced by her recently deceased mentor Charles. As Jeanine deals with her recent separation from her husband (Mark O'Brien) and returning traumatic memories of her father, her experiences begin framing the changes she makes to the production.

Seven Veils Synopsis

Seven Veils is an opera-set drama written and directed by Atom Egoyan, who reunites with star Amanda Seyfried following their previous collaboration with the 2009 erotic thriller Chloe. Seyfried stars as the young theatre director Jeanine, who is haunted by her past trauma, much of which was incorporated into the production of Salome she is remounting. During the production, Jeanine rekindles her friendship with one of the understudies (), while another of the understudies () faces a moral development after an incident involving her prop master girlfriend Clea ().

My Thoughts on Seven Veils

Filmed predominantly in Toronto's Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts and incorporating Atom Egoyan's own Canadian Opera Company production of Salome, Seven Veils can almost be described as an opera-themed reinterpretation of Daren Aronofsky's Black Swan, in how both films involve protagonists whose work is affected by their own personal traumas. Amanda Seyfried is excellent in the lead in the lead role of Jeanine, bolstered by solid supporting performances by its Canadian cast.

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