Atom Egoyan's The Adjuster (Canadian Cinema, Volume 3) by Tom McSorley

By Tom McSorley

One among Canada's pre-eminent auteur filmmakers, Atom Egoyan has been celebrated across the world, incomes a number of awards from the celebrated Cannes and Toronto movie fairs and an Academy Award nomination. considered one of his such a lot entire and debatable early works, The Adjuster, is a depressing drama in regards to the advanced and excessive dating among an coverage adjuster and his clients.
In this available research, Tom McSorley strains the genesis, creation, and reception of Egoyan's fourth function movie, from its Cannes movie pageant most advantageous to its North American advertisement free up. The e-book locates The Adjuster within the higher context of Canadian cinema history's atypical and infrequently afflicted evolution, and gives a provocative interpretation of the film's particular research of the malaise of materialism in North American tradition. Richly illustrated and that includes new interview fabric with Egoyan himself, this examine within the Canadian Cinema sequence deals an insightful overview of 1 of Atom Egoyan's such a lot looking out, unsettling movies.

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Family Viewing was an international breakthrough film for Egoyan. In addition to winning the best Canadian feature film award at Festival of Festivals in Toronto, it was runner-up to renowned German director Wim Wenders’s Wings Of Desire at Montreal’s Festival of New Cinema and Video. Upon receiving his award, Wenders himself promptly conferred it upon Egoyan, thereby anointing him as an emerging member of a loosely affiliated international club of important art house directors. This generous gesture also opened investment doors for Egoyan in Europe – indeed, his next film was made with some European financing.

Noah appears to exist somewhere between intimacy and detachment, perhaps on a self-styled spiritual plane, as he has no hesitation to accept a kiss of gratitude on the hand from Tom (Gerard Parkes) after having slept with Tom’s wife, Lorraine (Patricia Collins). The most obvious, revealing, absurdist example of this duality occurs with Noah and Arianne in a hotel room, itself a space of both anonymity and intimacy, having sex while discussing details relating to her insurance claim. The source of Noah’s alienation is not explained or explored: is it a result of some previous trauma in his life (as is the case of characters in Next of Kin, Family Viewing, Speaking Parts, and especially in Exotica, The Sweet Hereafter, and, in terms of collective trauma, Ararat), or is it some erotic form of deformation professionelle?

When Noah and Arianne tour the wreckage of her home, they are placed at either edge of the frame, each framed by a separate, jagged hole in the wall of the destroyed structure. This consistency of this wide-screen aesthetic is also applied to closeups. Rather than visually articulating emotional intimacy, close-ups in The Adjuster reveal drift and disconnection. For example, the film starts with an extreme close up of Noah’s hand being lit through the skin by a flashlight he is shining into his palm.

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