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The Adjuster (1991)

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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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Atom Egoyan

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Atom Egoyan
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Elias Koteas ... Noah
Arsinée Khanjian ... Hera
Maury Chaykin ... Bubba
Gabrielle Rose ... Mimi
Jennifer Dale ... Arianne
David Hemblen ... Bert - The Head Censor
Rose Sarkisyan Rose Sarkisyan ... Seta - Hera's Sister
Armen Kokorian 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 John Gilbert ... The Doctor
Stephen Ouimette ... Larry - The Butterfly Collector
Raoul Max Trujillo ... Matthew - His Lover (as Raoul Trujillo)
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Storyline

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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In search of relative comfort... See more »

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Rated R for sensuality and language | See all certifications »
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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

July 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A kárbecslő See more »

Filming Locations:

Ontario, Canada See more »

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Budget:

CAD 1,500,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$396,573
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Dolby

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Bubba: So many places you see, you wouldn't think twice about, they pass right through you. And then, for no reason, you can see a house, and find yourself wondering, what is going on inside of those walls.
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Words and Music by Rough Trade
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All style - little substance
23 November 2004 | by susanswebSee all my reviews

Early effort from director Atom Egoyan doesn't have the intricate sub-plots of his later movies but it does show that his penchant for stylized set pieces is not a new thing. From Maury Chaykin's elaborately staged sex romps for his wife to the hotel that the insured clients stay at; everything looks great but the movie itself seems sterile. Elias Koteas' performance sums it up best: cold and emotionless. Sex plays a big role in this movie but no one enjoys it. From the movies that censor Arsinée Khanjian views to the "extra" benefits that Koteas provides his clients - sex seems more a chore than anything else. Even with Chaykin's sex games, the excitement is more with the setup than the act itself. You know what? Big deal! Egoyan seems so intent on showing how detached (and boring) people can become that it is hard not to feel that way watching the movie. Egoyan movies are worth watching because he really tries to make a statement but in most cases the films become exercises in making pretty pictures and in some cases, pretentiousness. This movie just misses being pretentious but it isn't very memorable either.


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