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The Adjuster


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  • Directors: Atom Egoyan
  • Format: NTSC
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: Alliance Films
  • Release Date: May 3 2005
  • Run Time: 102 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000065K3D
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #64,086 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)

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Noah, an insurance adjuster (Elias Koteas), takes victims of material devastation to a place of comfort: he has sex with his clients (while explaining the insurance policies). His wife Hera (Arsinee Khanjian), a film censor, videotapes the pornography she rates--to help her sister understand what she does at work. Yet at home, these edgy communicators have no relationship at all. Like David Lynch, director Atom Egoyan pursues a cinema of unsettling moods and quirky characters engaged in inexplicable activities, devoting more energy to posing questions than providing answers. That, coupled with a repertory of painfully sensitive actors, orchestrates a universe of endemic alienation. The result? A provocative drama that will stay with you for days. --Lloyd Chesley

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By OverTheMoon on Oct. 26 2003
Surreal as it may "The Adjuster" is still streaks and bounds ahead of most other sexual dramas. The story basically revolves around an insurance claims advisor (Elias Koteas) who helps people come to terms with the lose of their homes and possessions to some form of accident. He wife Hera (Arsinee Khanjian) works as a film censor who secretly films the pornography that she is viewing. There are various other characters who come into contact with the pair and sexual fantasies are the main theme that drives the story forward.
In many ways it is hard to describe without actually seeing it. There is very little plot but the movie does have some very memorable characters and it does have a good climax. It is sort of like a tone-downed version of a David Lynch movie and film director Atom Egoyan does wonders with the cinematography. The film looks visually wonderful and is very pleasing to the eye.
All in all this is a great drama but do not try and find too much of a plot here. It is more about the characters and their sexual dysfunctions. Some very memorable scenes throughout.
Well worth seeing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Doug Anderson on June 12 2003
Of all of the early Egoyan's this is the one most like Sweet Hereafter as both are centered around a character whose job it is to assist victims of a tragedy but it doesn't hit as many notes as Sweet Herafter in fact mostly its just dark and occasionally darkly comic. Perhaps too dark in places and in other places just too bizarre to be taken seriously. I like Egoyans cast of actors many of whom appear over and over again in his films. Egoyan is sort of like Altman in his use of tangled narratives and ensemble casts but unlike Altman he doesn't give us much variety. Everyone in the Adjuster is wounded beyond repair and after awhile one longs for at least one character who is not emotionally crippled but its a vain hope. Sweet Herafter had its share of bizarre characters and moments but many of those characters had moments of self realization and found their way toward some form of redemption and though the film focused on human vulnerability and weaknesses and imperfections the film also offered glimpses of human strengths and will and capacity to endure. The Adjuster focuses on the weaknesses and imperfections exclusively. The Adjuster himself played by Elias Koteas is a complex character who has collected the victims of various tragedies around him. Its his job to help these vitims collect on their insurance claims but his interest in the job has him doing more than that. Apparently others tragedies arouse him in some way and he ends up sleeping with many of the people he is supposed to be helping. No one seems to notice what hes doing, in fact all the victims inexplicably see him as some kind of angel there to help them through their suffering(perhaps they see him in this light because they need something to give them strength)but of course the Adjuster is no angel.Read more ›
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Format: DVD
This motion picture on DVD (available in Canada and the U. S. of A. as Alliance Atlantis ADVD-3191) is a masterpiece of artifice. It is deeply disturbing and very profound, but just how much so may take more than a little prompting and urging to comprehend. I would leave a real review of this to truly sophisticated Films Studies adepts and, perhaps even more appropriately, to those well versed in Semiology. There is level upon level of dumbfounding, amazing, unsettling complexity. However, fear not, Atom Egoyan, for the home viewer, provides an eye-opening (downright eye-popping!) illumination of all of this in his masterfully helpful director`s commentary (or "feature commentary" as this DVD calls it).

This is not a film for chewing popcorn to, that`s for sure! However, this is one viewer who never shall forget it. What the film portrays, on the surface centring about oddities in the lives and personalities of an assurance claims adjuster and the woman, a film censor, who seems to be his wife, really is the depth of the heart`s darkness as only the greatest films of so profoundly psycho-spiritual an orientation can provide. See it, but definitely follow it by (or view before, if that seems better to one`s own preference) Atom Egyoyan`s revelatory running commentary. Egoyan mentions in the commentary several scenes, even sub-plots, in the unreleased footage of "The Adjuster" that would be fascinating to view if ever a "special edition" of the film be issued with such deleted scenes included as bonus material, or reincorporated into the film, as part of a "director`s cut" edition.

No more to say than that: the film is just too deep for my own words to express its worth fully enough.
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By gak on July 14 2015
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
Egoyan's best movie. Haunting, hypnotic, nightmarish. One of the best movie scores ever written, by Mychael Danna. This is a region B Blue Ray-- you need an all-region player to watch it. You will never forget it.
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Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
Great movie! I purchased for the wrong region. My search continues.
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