Magazine article The Nation

The Adjuster

Magazine article The Nation

The Adjuster

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Conflagrations also figure prominently in Atom Egoyan's The Adjuster, one of the very best nonmall films now playing.

What The Adjuster has in common with Batman Returns, apart from fire, is a set of lonely, alienated characters who don't know who they are. Noah (Elias Koteas), the title character, is a sincere-looking hunk who spends his time processing insurance claims. He cares so deeply about his clients that when they've been burned out of their homes, he sets them up in a motel, visits them daily, takes care of their every need. Somehow, though, the paperwork takes forever. Now he's got a motel full of these people; but they all love him, and he loves them, and it's impossible to figure out who's being used, so the situation seems all right, except for being so spooky.

Living with Noah - but on what terms? - is Hera (Arsinee Khanjian) and her refugee fanmily. Hera works for the government censorship bureau. …

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