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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.
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Was excited to get the movie... But it came as a bluray type disc that doesn't play on American Machines! I wish I would have known.Published 5 months ago by Barry Stein
Not as compelling as his other movies. if you liked "exotica", The sweet Hereafter, and Adoration, you will find it slow, slow, slow....Published 21 months ago by EXFAN
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 morePublished on November 11, 2013 by Jose Vazquez
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 morePublished on July 25, 2012 by Gerald Parker
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 morePublished on June 4, 2009 by MattMatt32
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
Adjusting oneself to the Adjuster, 27 September 2002
Author: mike rice (...) from United States
I've decided that Egoyan is a minimalist. Read more
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