Amateur (1994) Reviewed

The cast of Hal Hartley's Amateur

The cast of Hal Hartley's Amateur

AMATEUR ( 1994 )
Indie darling, Hal Hartley’s most accessible movie is arguably his best and certainly his most polished. Martin Donovan is a porno kingpin with a bad reputation who wakes up in an alley with amnesia. He’s taken in by an ex-nun who fancies herself a nymphomaniac virgin. (“I’m choosy.”) Elina (Nadja) Lowensohn is one of Donovan’s porn star protégés who can’t pin her safety on the bet that his memory is gone for good. It’s a “quirky” indie love story at its core with a lot going on and some solid dry comedy. Parker Posey appears in a throwaway cameo. The soundtrack is good and includes My Bloody Valentine. ***

~ by Number5ive on November 25, 2008.

One Response to “Amateur (1994) Reviewed”

  1. I wouldn’t say it’s his “most accessible”. Henry Fool and Trust are also quite accessible. I also wouldn’t say it’s his best, but I do love it.

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