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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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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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Sex... Power... Obsession. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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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Box Office

Budget:

CAD1,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,686, 31 May 1992

Gross USA:

$396,573

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$396,573
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Quotes

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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High School Confidential
Words and Music by Rough Trade
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How can you place a dollar value on human suffering?
16 March 1999 | by Doc-134See all my reviews

Atom Egoyan is an absolute genius, but I find it somewhat difficult to discuss his films as they are so complex. He seems to make the kinds of movies where you walk out of the theater after it's over and all the parts are clear in your head, but you can't quite piece them all together. But you can't help but try. Sooner or later, everything falls into place, and sometimes it doesn't. Either way, Egoyan makes you really think about a lot of issues.

"The Adjuster" is about an insurance adjuster who helps victims of house fires get money from insurance companies. There is a really great parallel drawn between the adjuster, Noah, and Robin Hood. He quite frequently shoots arrows with his bow at a billboard sign that says "Sherwood Forest". He is essentially taking money from the rich insurance companies and giving it to the poor victims of fires. We also have Noah's voyeuristic wife Hara, who is a film censor for porn flicks. She films what they censor with a video camera so that her sister can see what she does, as she has always shared everything with her sister. There is an extreme sense of bareness of the characters lives in the film. This is reinforced by the vast, open, almost desert landscape around the suburb. They own the only house in this particular suburb, and it is in fact a model house. Even the books on the bookshelf inside are fake. All this seems to reinforce the lives that the characters live. This is a definite achievement from a cutting edge director.


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