Short Takes: Jul. 6, 1992


Terms of Adjustment

People who use other people don't always know that they're using them. So says Canadian writer-director Atom Egoyan in his handsome, quirky comedy THE ADJUSTER. Noah Render (Elias Koteas) is one such user, an insurance claims adjuster whose sensitivity to his clients' suffering extends to having sex with nearly all of them, from frowsy couples to purring studs to a burnt-out stunner (the lustrous Jennifer Dale). It makes life tough for Noah's wife (Arsinee Khanjian), a film censor. Both have jobs appraising erotic desires and pathetic dreams; both have a ruthless talent for "sorting things out, deciding...

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