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Amateur (1994)

 -  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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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
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Officer Patsy Melville
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Irate Woman
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Frank, the Cook
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Hugh Palmer ...
Warren
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Doorman at Club
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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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$856,422 (USA)
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Trivia

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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Performed by Yo La Tengo
Written by Ira Kaplan
Courtesy of Roshashauna Music, BMI
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a must see
24 September 2005 | by (London, UK) – See all my reviews

Its been a while since I've this movie but its always stayed with me and I would strongly recommend it. This film has Hal Hartley's trademark sparse, artsy atmosphere, with the slightly surreal characters, the staged dialogue and set pieces. All the characters are quirky and memorable, I loved Isabelle Huppert's character - the nymphomanical nun - in particular and the story dissects amnesia in a really interesting way.

Above all the central love story will draw you in more than you realise; the ending was both crushing and fitting. This is due to the acting, as every movement and expression helps to build characters and relationships. Isabelle Huppert and Martin Donovan both do this perfectly, and the impact of the ending owes a lot to them. The odd 'staging' of the film may put off those expecting a more conventional thriller but open minded viewers will be rewarded.


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