Year: 2008
USA: Sony Pictures Classics
UK: New Wave Films
Cast: Arsinee Khanjian, Scott Speedman, Rachel Blanchard, Noam Jenkins, Devon Bostick, Kenneth Welsh, Yuval Daniel, Jeremy Wright, Thomas Hauff, Martin Roach, Michael Barry, Louca Tassonelouca Tassone, Geraldine O'Rawe, Duane Murray, Domenic Cuzzocrea, Tony Nardi, Janice Stein, Vera Frenkel, Marc Glassman, Katie Boland, Ron Bell, Hailee Sisera, Aaron Poole
Director: Atom Egoyan
Country: Canada
USA & UK: 101 mins
USA Rated: R for language
UK Certificate: 15 contains strong language
USA Release Date: 8 May 2009
UK Release Date: 29 January 2010 (Limited Release)

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In Atom Egoyan's best film since THE SWEET HEREAFTER, Sabine (Arsinee Khanjian), a high school French teacher, gives her class a translation exercise based on a real news story about a terrorist who plants a bomb in the airline luggage of his pregnant girlfriend.

One of the students, Simon (Devon Bostick) can't stop thinking about the class assignment. He has lived with his guardian and uncle, Tom (Scott Speedman), ever since his own parents were killed. Simon's furtive imagination relates the story to what he knows of his own background, with the terrorist taking the place of his father, Sami (Noam Jenkins), who crashed the car he was driving killing his wife Rachel (Rachel Blanchard) leaving Simon orphaned. This has always haunted Simon who secretly fears his father's actions were intentional.

Relating his version of the translation to his class, Simon then starts researching on the internet, which unearths some unexpected information and sheds new light on his family's past...