as Officer Melville
as Irate Woman
as Frank the Cook
as Doorman at Club
as Taxi Driver
as George the Photographer
as Kid Reading The Odyssey
as Girl Squatter
as Boy Squatter
as Video Store Clerk
as Pizza Guy
as Young Irate Mother
as Young Detective
as Sister at Door
as Mother Superior
as Cop Who Shoots Thomas
Critic Reviews for Amateur
I liked it, though it is the first Hartley movie that has seemed more mechanical than organic.
I found the idea of the plot more interesting than the plot itself, and am finding the movie more fun to write about than to see.
Huppert treats the outlandish desires of her character-also named Isabelle-so humanely it reads as believable, even when it probably shouldn't.
As its characters run through downtown New York it feels like the platonic ideal of a playful 90s indie film.
For all the appearance of farce, this is a beautifully precise essay on personality, and its relation to experience.
Audience Reviews for Amateur
All time favourite of mine. Can't believe this movie is 20 years old now. As always watching this, I find Elina Lowensohn compelling. What an underrated actress she was. Pity she seems to be not acting anymore. Typical great Hal Hartley film. He really made some classics around this time (Trust, The Unbelievable Truth). I loved these films and used to watch them over and over on VHS. The story is excellent. Sophia, a young woman duped into porn films and drug addiction at a young age, (Elina Lowensohn), decides she has had enough and pushes the man who trapped her out a window (Martin Donovan). However, he doesn't die, but wakes up with amnesia. He meets an ex nun, Isabelle (Isabelle Hupert) who takes him in and starts to fall for him. He has nightmares and talks in his sleep about a woman he treated badly and threatened, Sophia. Seeing Sophia in a porn magazine makes him curious about whether she may be his Sophia, and he and Isabelle step out to help her. There's a little more to it than that, but that's basically the premise. Highly original and beautifully filmed. Just the way the script is written is worth watching it for. The delivery of the lines. Can't gush enough. If you have never seen this, I highly recommend it.
Stylistic romantic/comedy/thriller that builds slowly as an amnesiac endeavors to discover his identity. Nice performances in sort of an Hitchcockian homage, particularly by one Damien Young.
Hal Hartley is one of the most brilliant and underrated directors of his generation. What a shame that more people are not familiar with his work. There was a time when Martin Donovan was in every film that I loved...not he's disappeared. What's up with that?
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