Rating: R Restricted. Under 17 Requires Accompanying Adult.
Rating Explanation: for violence, sexuality/nudity
DVD Features: Feature commentary track w/ director Atom Egoyan; Deleted scenes with optional commentary; "Making of Ararat" featurette; "Arsinée Khanjian on Ararat" featurette; Film short "Portrait of Arshile" with optional commentary; Raffi's video footage; Historical information; Theatrical trailer; DVD-ROM links; Dolby digital 5.1 surround; Dolby DTS 5.1 surround; Dolby digital 2.0 stereo; Widescreen (1.78:1) - enhanced for 16 x 9 televisions.
Ararat is a big mountain in the region allegedly where Noah's Ark landed. Basically the story's about the making of another film called Ararat, which is to be a historical epic about the Turkish massacre and deportation of more than a million Armenians. The Armenian movie director (Charles Aznavour) and Armenian writer (Eric Bogosian) have planned to recreate the events, but feel that something's missing. So when they hear an art lecture about an Armenian painter named Arshile Gorky, they decide to work him into their story to give the film added impact. We learn that the reality of the Armenian holocaust is often disputed, and history has mostly forgotten the story. The film's best moments take place when a scholar is brought to the movie set to point out what's wrong with their film-within-a-film. One of the most obvious gaffes is the fact that Mt. Ararat isn't even visible from the town where the film is based, so they've erected a huge matte painting to be used behind the set. There are various subplots to help make this history lesson more watchable, and there are many familiar faces in small roles such as Bruce Greenwood and Elias Koteas from Egoyan's earlier films. It's all very informative but hardly an inspiring drama, neverleless it's quite powerful and it succeeds in exposing our willingness to forget the atrocities of the not so distant past