Reviews

The Adjuster

4

Canada seems to nurture determinedly offbeat filmmakers - think Cronenberg, Denys Arcand, Guy Maddin - and Atom Egoyan's films, elliptical and enigmatic, match any of his fellow-countrymen's work for sheer strangeness. The Adjuster is one of his finest and most unsettling. The title character, Elias Koteas, is an insurance adjuster who looks after people whose houses have burnt down; half-priest, half-seducer, he comforts them and - - if they're female and attractive - - sleeps with them. His partner, played by Arsinee Khanjian, is a censor who surreptitiously videos the porno films she sees for her sister to watch. Meanwhile, a couple who stage elaborate sexual charades in public invite themselves into the adjuster's house. All this is just as bizarre as it sounds and then some, suffused with Egoyan's trademark mix of melancholia and deadpan humour. 

 

Film Details

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  • UK Theatrical Release Date: August 1st 2005