- Directors: Atom Egoyan
- Format: NTSC
- Number of discs: 1
- Studio: Alliance Films
- Release Date: Feb. 1 2001
- Run Time: 102 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
- ASIN: B000065K3D
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #89,137 in Movies & TV Shows (See Top 100 in Movies & TV Shows)
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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
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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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