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Amateur (1994)

R  |   |  Comedy, Crime, Drama  |  19 May 1995 (USA)
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Isabelle is an ex-nun waiting for her special mission from God. In the meantime, she is making a living writing pornography. She meets Thomas, a sweet, confused amnesiac who cannot remember... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Isabelle
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Thomas Ludens
Elina Löwensohn ...
Sofia Ludens
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Edward, Jaque's Accountant
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Jan, Jaque's Goon
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Kurt, Jaque's Goon
Pamela Stewart ...
Officer Patsy Melville
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Irate Woman
Jan Leslie Harding ...
Waitress
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Frank, the Cook
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Usher
Hugh Palmer ...
Warren
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Doorman at Club
Angel Caban ...
Detective
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Bartender
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Isabelle is an ex-nun waiting for her special mission from God. In the meantime, she is making a living writing pornography. She meets Thomas, a sweet, confused amnesiac who cannot remember that he used to be a vicious pornographer, responsible for turning his young wife, Sofia, into the world's most notorious porn queen. Sofia's on the run, convinced she's killed him. Together, Isabelle and Thomas set out to discover his past, a past waiting to catch up with him. Written by L.H. Wong <as9401k56@ntuvax.ntu.ac.sg>

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


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Isabelle Huppert got the lead role by writing to the director and begging for a part in his next film. See more »

Quotes

Thomas: How can you be a nymphomaniac and never had sex?
Isabelle: I'm choosy.
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Written and Performed by P.J. Harvey (as PJ Harvey)
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Likably offbeat fare.
7 October 2003 | by See all my reviews

Hal Hartley's "Amateur" is an engagingly offbeat take on the "crime thriller" genre. It is also perhaps the most quietly thoughtful handling of amnesia (not as a plot trick, but as a subject) you're ever likely to see. But be warned: Hartley's refreshingly non-mainstream, detached, minimalist style takes quite some getting used to, and the ending is needlessly downbeat. (**1/2)


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