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Adjuster, The (1991)

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Original Title : The Adjuster
Director : Atom Egoyan
Writer : Atom Egoyan
Genre : Drama
Country : Canada
Language : English
Producer : Camelia Frieberg , David J. Webb
Music : Mychael Danna
Photography : Paul Sarossy
Distributor : Alta Films S.A.
IMDB ID : 0101273
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poster for "Adjuster, The" by Atom Egoyan (1991)
Adjuster, The (1991) - Atom Egoyan
 

Starring

Elias Koteas Noah Render
Arsinée Khanjian Hera
Maury Chaykin Bubba
Gabrielle Rose Mimi
Jennifer Dale Arianne
David Hemblen Bert, the Head Censor
Rose Sarkisyan Seta, Hera's Sister
Armen Kokorian Simon, Hera's Child
Jacqueline Samuda Louise, the Maid
Gerard Parkes Tim
Patricia Collins Lorraine
Don McKellar Tyler, the Young Censor
John Gilbert The Doctor
Stephen Ouimette Larry, the Butterfly Collector
Raoul Trujillo Matthew, His Lover
Tony Nardi The Motel Manager
Paul Bettis The Wild Man of the Billboards
Frank Jefferson Simon as a Baby
 

Plot

A reflection about what makes everyone's life unique, through the story of Noah's family. Noah is an adjuster, having sex with his customers. His wife Hera watches pornographic movies for the Board of Censors. They live with their son Simon and Hera's sister in a show-flat. One day, they meet Bubba, who wants to make a movie in their house.
 

Comments

A gem, as always, from Egoyan., 17 March 2001 Author: kergillian (kergillian@hotmail.com) from Montreal, Canada The one thing I can always count on from Atom Egoyan is an interesting film. This is a brilliant, and very dark, comedy with a sensationally twisted plot, fabulous cast, and great cinematography. Egoyan's use of light is excellent, as is the wonderful setting and scenery. This film is so imaginative that it's beyond a story told on the screen...visual poetry. And the frightening thing is that as good as this film is, it's not even his best effort. The pace was a bit slow at times, and at times the plot seemed to stagger a bit. His film-making was much sharper in Exotica, which is my personal favourite. But the plot is so well devised (odd and twisted, and full of intricate details that are hard to really absorb the first time through) that it makes up for any lack of quality. Elias Koteas is really good in this, his best role save perhaps Fallen, and he outshines Arsinee Khanjian who didn't quite feel up to par. My favourite role in the film, however, was a fabulous performance by Maury Chaykin as an unbalanced former football player. The gasoline scene is the best in the film, and Chaykin's expression and lines are priceless. As well, look for Don McKellar's excellent, though unfortunately small role, as Tyler (the rookie censor). He's absolutely hilarious, and his delivery of dialogue is nothing short of brilliant. All i all, it's not Egoyan's best effort, which means it still stands above most films. A really good quality indie-film, with a *very* original plot, quirky and memorable characters, and a strong cast. An easy 8/10.