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The Adjuster (1992)

Elias Koteas , Arsinée Khanjian , Atom Egoyan  |  R |  DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Elias Koteas, Arsinée Khanjian, Maury Chaykin, Gabrielle Rose, Jennifer Dale
  • Directors: Atom Egoyan
  • Writers: Atom Egoyan
  • Producers: Camelia Frieberg, David J. Webb
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Mgm Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: April 10, 2001
  • Run Time: 102 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000059H95
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #136,917 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Adjuster" on IMDb

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Great Modern Drama about Sexual Obsession October 26, 2003
Surreal as it may "The Adjuster" is still streaks and bounds ahead of most other sexual dramas. The story basically revolves around an insurance claims advisor (Elias Koteas) who helps people come to terms with the lose of their homes and possessions to some form of accident. He wife Hera (Arsinee Khanjian) works as a film censor who secretly films the pornography that she is viewing. There are various other characters who come into contact with the pair and sexual fantasies are the main theme that drives the story forward.
In many ways it is hard to describe without actually seeing it. There is very little plot but the movie does have some very memorable characters and it does have a good climax. It is sort of like a tone-downed version of a David Lynch movie and film director Atom Egoyan does wonders with the cinematography. The film looks visually wonderful and is very pleasing to the eye.
All in all this is a great drama but do not try and find too much of a plot here. It is more about the characters and their sexual dysfunctions. Some very memorable scenes throughout.
Well worth seeing.
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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A CLASSIC OF CEREBRAL CINEMA August 15, 2002
What little hope I held for the future of mankind retaining any intellect, capacity for introspection, or sense of humor is now gone due to the asinine, stupid, brain-dead comments below that this film is slow and stupid.
THE ADJUSTER is a great film. Wicked, funny as all get out, darkly comic, sexy as hell, and perhaps the most chilling and dead-on critique of '666' and consumer-society ever filmed. Mychael Danna's score is Byzantine-perfect; Elias Koteas is at his peak as an enigmatic, lost soul.
What's it about? Well, it's about us. Modern people in a listless, overindulged, sensate-conscious lifestyle flailing about in a Northern American state of emotional repression doing anything they can to give meaning to their lives, or rather, just accumulate more stimulation. And in such a society, who becomes a 'Christ' figure to people who can't afford one due to their lukewarmness? Well, an Insurance Adjuster, pal. Who else? The guy who evaluates your 'lifestyle' and returns a semblance of it to you. I mean, it is ALL 'lifestyle' now, isn't it? You don't need a Diety, do you? No, all you want is an insurance adjuster. He will even sleep with you.
The ending quotes from "The Sound of Music" in a comic/horrific finale. One of the main characters - unable to 'play house' anymore in the landscape of modern time and space - decides to burn down the Insurance Adjuster's house he has rented - starts singing "My Favorite Things" as he proceeds to extinguish them all. Filmmaking doesn't get much more sly than that.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bizzare gem July 3, 2001
Truely the strangest of movies; at the same time disturbing and hilarious. Only somewhat like director Egoyan's later films "The Sweet Hereafter" or "Felicia's Journey." A bit confusing, but well worth multiple viewings - underated actor Elias Koteas gives a great performance, as does the rest of the cast. Certainly not for the narrow minded or viewers of film purely as entertainment. Incredible visual imagery. This film is "very special" !
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars To my view, the masterpiece of Atom Egoyan! July 19, 2005
Through two merciless human beings: a insurance agent and his wife conform a miserable duo: he practices the voyeurism and she edits, after taping, the private sexual affairs of his clients. As you see, the dramatic plot will engage you from start to finish.

Its boldness, intriguing and provocative nature make of this film one of the most attractive, original and striking films of 1991 and one of the most remarkable of the nineties. Egoyan is one the most controversial film makers in the world and maybe, the best Canadian director of the last thirty years.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars mal-adjusted cinema June 12, 2003
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Of all of the early Egoyan's this is the one most like Sweet Hereafter as both are centered around a character whose job it is to assist victims of a tragedy but it doesn't hit as many notes as Sweet Herafter in fact mostly its just dark and occasionally darkly comic. Perhaps too dark in places and in other places just too bizarre to be taken seriously. I like Egoyans cast of actors many of whom appear over and over again in his films. Egoyan is sort of like Altman in his use of tangled narratives and ensemble casts but unlike Altman he doesn't give us much variety. Everyone in the Adjuster is wounded beyond repair and after awhile one longs for at least one character who is not emotionally crippled but its a vain hope. Sweet Herafter had its share of bizarre characters and moments but many of those characters had moments of self realization and found their way toward some form of redemption and though the film focused on human vulnerability and weaknesses and imperfections the film also offered glimpses of human strengths and will and capacity to endure. The Adjuster focuses on the weaknesses and imperfections exclusively. The Adjuster himself played by Elias Koteas is a complex character who has collected the victims of various tragedies around him. Its his job to help these vitims collect on their insurance claims but his interest in the job has him doing more than that. Apparently others tragedies arouse him in some way and he ends up sleeping with many of the people he is supposed to be helping. No one seems to notice what hes doing, in fact all the victims inexplicably see him as some kind of angel there to help them through their suffering(perhaps they see him in this light because they need something to give them strength)but of course the Adjuster is no angel. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best for a weekend where you need to be adjusted before returning to...
This movie is one of Elias Koteas best works, with the proper amount of depravity and that only he seems to bring to the screen. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Jose Vazquez
5.0 out of 5 stars Utterly Astonishing Film, with Levels of Meaning That Mostly Only...
This motion picture on DVD (available in Canada and the U. S. of A. as Alliance Atlantis ADVD-3191) is a masterpiece of artifice. Read more
Published on July 25, 2012 by Gerald Parker
5.0 out of 5 stars The Alliance/Tevica 2005 DVD release is not in anamorphic widescreen
I am happy to now own a copy on DVD, though I was disappointed to discover that the version I bought (Alliance/Tevica, DVD Release Date: August 15, 2005) is not an anamorphic... Read more
Published on June 4, 2009 by MattMatt32
5.0 out of 5 stars great confusing movie
I love this film. I had to actually watch it 3 times in order to understand it.

If you like movies like Body Heat, One Flew Over the Cookoo's Nest, and The Long Goodbye... Read more
Published on January 29, 2007 by musicluvr
3.0 out of 5 stars Adjusting to the Adjuster
Adjusting oneself to the Adjuster, 27 September 2002
Author: mike rice (...) from United States

I've decided that Egoyan is a minimalist. Read more
Published on May 2, 2005 by Mike J. Rice
5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING ATOM
Atom Egoyan has been an amazing director. I agree that this film is his is introspective, intense & intelligent. Read more
Published on April 8, 2005 by Emiliano Zapata
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 STARS for the ... Fantasy Play ALONE!
That does not negate, however, some fantastic scenes and dialogue. Terrific ... Role Play situations!!!
Published on April 16, 2002 by Sandi Strehlau
2.0 out of 5 stars slow & boring
Incredibly slow build up which manages to spoil the promising points in the movie. A waste of time!
Published on November 28, 2001 by m t forster
1.0 out of 5 stars horrible
For the first 30 minutes I was waiting for the story to start, it never did. Then for the next 30 minutes I was waiting for at least something entertaining, anything. Nothing. Read more
Published on September 19, 2001 by Gustave de Kok
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