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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:

CAD 1,500,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$396,573
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

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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Features Suzanne (1980) 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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Strange, and I Mean It
4 April 2008 | by crossbow0106See all my reviews

This very quirky film by director Atom Egoyan is about an insurance adjuster Noah, played by Elias Koteas. He is very empathetic to the victims of fires to their homes, and all of his clients end up staying in the same motel complex until their claims are settled (which never happens). A parallel story is about Bubba and Mimi, a rich couple who act out fantasies in public (she befriends him as he plays a sleeping derelict on the subway, she's a cheerleader for the football team-she is not a very young woman). The acting is fine, particularly Bubba, who is played by Maury Chaykin. I've seen him in many other projects, I think he'll be familiar to you. My problem is the story is weird for weird's sake. Who'd want to know these people? They are creepy, and the film becomes creepy. Its cutting edge, but I wanted better character development. I felt it just didn't deliver. If you get the DVD, you'll be rewarded. Included are two things which I really liked. One is the almost 20 minute film "En Passant", starring Maury Chaykin and Arsinee Khanijan, who plays Noah's wife in "The Adjuster". It moves along at a good pace and tells a simple, but good story. The other thing is an interview with director Atom Egoyan. He is articulate and I found he is true to his craft. I also realized he directed the excellent "The Sweet Hereafter". I'd recommend that movie before you touch this film. But, if you see the DVD, buy it for the extras. Check the film out. I didn't love it, but others here did.


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