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A Slyly Transgressive Film of Amazing Subtlety and Psychological Power
on 26 July 2012
This motion picture on DVD (its North American edition being Alliance Atlantis ADVD-3191) is a masterpiece of artifice. The lives of the principal protagonists, an insurance claims adjuster and a film censor, are only the departure points for what is really a story of the human heart`s capacity for self-deception and uncomprehended depravity. "The Adjuster" is deeply disturbing and very profound, but just how much so may take more than a little prompting and urging to comprehend. I would leave a real review of this to truly sophisticated Films Studies adepts and, perhaps even more appropriately, to those well versed in Semiology. There is level upon level of dumbfounding, amazing, unsettling complexity. However, fear not, Atom Egoyan, for the home viewer, provides an eye-opening (downright eye-popping!) illumination of all of this in his masterfully helpful director`s commentary (or "feature commentary" as this DVD calls it).
This is not a film for chewing popcorn to, that`s for sure! However, this is one viewer who never shall forget it. What the film portrays, on the surface centring about oddities in the lives and personalities of the assurance claims adjuster and the woman who is the film censor, who seems to be his wife, really is the depth of the heart`s darkness as only the greatest films of so profoundly psycho-spiritual an orientation can provide. See it, but definitely then follow it by (or view before, if that seems better to one`s own preference) Atom Egyoyan`s revelatory running commentary. Egoyan mentions in the commentary several scenes, even sub-plots, in the unreleased footage of "The Adjuster" that would be fascinating to view if ever a "special edition" of the film be issued with such scenes included as bonus material or reincorporated into the film as part of a "director`s cut" edition.
No more to say than that: the film is just too deep for my own words to express it all.