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USA, 1994 (MIFF 1995)

Director: Hal Hartley

Deadpan, fiercely cynical and extremely funny, Hal Hartley has cemented his reputa­tion as the US independent requiring the closest of scrutiny. This curious director creates a con­sistently fabulous feature every couple of years, wows an ever expanding audience and then sub­merges himself in the process once again. Trust, The Unbelievable Truln and Simple Men all garnered international acclaim, successive films bolstering Hartley's swelling reputation as the arbiter of hip.

If you can't remember the horrible things you have done, are you still responsible? Hal Hartley's arch, cryptic world is instantly recog­nisable as he turns the action/thriller genre upside-down in Amateur-elaborating on his style of sophisticated one-of-a-kind cinema that never fails to excite, entice and amuse.

Isabelle, (the ever amazing French actor Isabelle Huppert-she wrote to Hartley express­ing a desire to work with him!) an ex-nun and struggling porn writer on a mission from God, takes in Thomas, a vicious former pornographer who, having been thrown from a window by his abused and exploited wife, Sophia, has amnesia. A born-again sensitive new age guy who doesn't recall his unsavoury criminal past—which is none the less pursuing him with a view to kill-Thomas tails hopelessly in love with his blue literary angel as they set out to discover his lost identity.

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After The Unbelievable Truth became one of the sleeper hits of last year, director Hal Hartley is back with another biting, provocative comedy of suburban middle America. With Trust Hal Hartley ... More »


Henry Fool is a self-styled Intellectual whose proclamations ring with both truth and falsity. His arrival info the lives of a dysfunctional family signifies the beginning of delicate yet profound ... More »


“You're a good woman, Fay. Someday when all this is over and we have destroyed Western civilization... ” Ten years have passed since Henry Fool. With Fay Grim, filmmaker Hal Hartley reunites us ... More »


Tude (Martin Donovan) is an over-educated literature professor, totally oblivious to the bored students pelting him with books. He is obsessed with a single passage from Dostoevsky's The Brothers ... More »


Hal Hartley's feature debut takes us back to his native Long Island, where the lovely, 17-year-old Audry Hugo, a nuclearphobic high school senior falls madly in love with a perfectly chiselled auto ... More »

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