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The Adjuster (1991)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama  |  July 1992 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »

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Noah
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Hera
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Bubba
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Mimi
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Arianne
David Hemblen ...
Bert - The Head Censor
Rose Sarkisyan ...
Seta - Hera's Sister
Armen Kokorian ...
Simon - Hera's Child
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Louise - The Maid
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Tim
Patricia Collins ...
Lorraine
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Tyler - The Young Censor
John Gilbert ...
The Doctor
Stephen Ouimette ...
Larry - The Butterfly Collector
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Matthew - His Lover
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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. Written by Yepok

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Rated R for sensuality and language | See all certifications »
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CAD 1,500,000 (estimated)

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$396,573 (USA)
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Hera: When I say something which deserves consideration and you respond without thinking, how do you feel?
Noah: I feel fine.
Hera: I thought you might feel stupid.
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References The Sound of Music (1965) See more »

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Armenian Folk and Dance Ensemble
Conducted by T. Altunyan (as Tatul Altunian)
Courtesy of Monitor Records
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Extraordinary
20 August 2001 | by (England) – See all my reviews

(I can't believe the negative comments I have read on this page. I mean, sure, peoples opinions are allowed to differ- thats what makes this world so great blah blah blah etc... but this film is incredible and it would be a shame that someone would disregard renting it out on video because someone had bad-mouthed it here.)

This film is set firmly in Egoyan country. We have dysfunction, we have recorded media, we have beautiful shots, a wonderful score, great dialogue, fantastic use of silence (watch out for that one) and overall- you can feel an almost religious intensity beaming through the celluloid. My memory of this film consists of much more than just a plot- it is the warmth, the colours that stick with you too. One more thing... Tarkovsky said that films best asset was its ability to sculpt in time. Egoyans measured rhythm is hard to resist (obviously not for some people).

It seems to me though, that the complaints here are not to do with the films form. Of course it is well made. They have problems with the script, or at least the order of things. Well, for me- the chaos and strange order of things in this film keeps it gripping- apart from the fact that you never know what is going to come next- isn't this half chaotic order a better rendition of reality than most? The content is also 'strange' and not really in keeping with 'popular taste'. So if you are easily offended, or more at home with Spielberg- then please feel free to stick to him. But this is brave, sumptious, disturbing, invigorating, and beautiful territory. I was pleased to visit it.

P.S. Elias Koteas' performance is probably one of my top five favourite performances ever, up there with Takeshi Kitano in Bad Cop and Christopher Walken in King of New York. Stoic, tragic, he hardly puts a foot wrong.


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