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Amateur (1994)

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Release Date
• USA: May 19, 1995
DVD Release Date
• R1: Nov 11, 2003

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Running Time
1 hour, 45 minutes

Country USA, UK, France

Studio American Playhouse Theatrical Films, Channel 4, La Sept Cinema, True Fiction Pictures, Union Generale Cinematographique, Zenith

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Genre: Crime, Thriller, Drama, Comedy, Murder, Black Comedy, Love Triangle, Blackmail, Cult Classic

Tagline: Accountancy, Murder, Amnesia, Torture, Ecstasy, Understanding, Redemption

Plot: After falling from the window of a New York City apartment, a man named Thomas (Martin Donovan) awakens as an amnesiac. Wandering into a diner, he meets Isabelle (Isabelle Huppert), an former nun who writes pornography while waiting patiently for God to reveal her mission in life. A deeply spiritual yet sexually curious woman who has yet to be physically intimate with anyone, Isabelle invites Thomas to stay at her apartment, where she propositions him. But before they can consummate their relationship, the clairvoyant Isabelle senses a connection between Thomas and infamous porn star Sofia (Elina Löwensohn). Though Thomas now seems kindhearted, as he and Isabelle search out his true identity, they come upon some unpleasant truths about the man he was.

Hal Hartley's AMATEUR carries the tone of mystery and imminent violence inherit in Hollywood thrillers while retaining the director's quirky and unique aesthetic. Hartley regulars Donovan and Löwensohn are in fine form and well-matched by the elegant yet naive Huppert. The film also includes appearances by Parker Posey, Dwight Ewell, and Tim Blake Nelson. In addition to its strong cast, AMATEUR features a delightfully deadpan script which adds an absurd quality to the proceedings, making this one of Hartley's most fascinating

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 Directed by
Hal Hartley
Henry Fool, Trust, Simple Men
 Written by
Hal Hartley
Henry Fool, Trust, Simple Men
Isabelle Huppert
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Parker Posey
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Martin Donovan
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Damian Young
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Chuck Montgomery
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Dave Simonds
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 Music By
Hal Hartley
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Jeffrey Taylor
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