Family Viewing

Director Atom Egoyan
Year 1987
Run Time 86min
Genre Drama
Atom Egoyan’s provocative second feature follows an estranged father and son, Stan (Stemblen) and Van (Tierney) who engage in a battle of wills that further drives them apart. Devoted to his grandmother in a way his father isn’t, Van is desperate to get her out of a nursing home, and enlists the help of Aline (Khanjian), a phone sex worker he meets there. When he discovers that his father has been destroying the record of his childhood by recording over old home movie videostapes to record scenes of perversion with his new wife, his plan takes on a sinister twist, leading to unexpected complications.

Nominated for 8 Genie Awards, and now considered Egoyan’s breakthrough feature, Family Viewing is a classic that is a must-see for Canadian film fans.


Atom Egoyan

Egoyan received the Governor General’s award in 2015 for Lifetime Artistic Achievement. He was the first-ever Canadian director to earn two Oscar nominations (for The Sweet Hereafter). His award-winning films include Exotica, Ararat and The Captive. His most recent film, Guest of Honour, premiered at TIFF 2019.


Atom Egoyan


Arsinee Khanjian, David Hemblen, Aidan Tierney, Gabrielle Rose


Atom Egoyan




Family Relationships

Original Language


Canadian Distributor

Canada Council for the Arts