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Amateur (1994)

R | | Comedy, Crime, Drama | 19 May 1995 (USA)
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
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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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Frank, the Cook
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Warren
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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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Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »

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19 May 1995 (USA)  »

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Amador  »

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$2,300,000 (estimated)

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$856,422 (USA)
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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

Isabelle: What are you doing?
Warren: I'm molesting you.
Isabelle: Am I supposed to like it?
Warren: You could beg me to stop.
Isabelle: And would you?
Warren: No.
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Referenced in The Waiter (1997) See more »

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Written by Stephen Malkmus and Scott Kanberg (as Scott Kannberg)
Performed by Pavement
Courtesy of Matador Records and the Domino Recording Co Ltd
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"How can you be a nymphomaniac if you have not slept with anyone?"
5 February 2017 | by (Serbia) – See all my reviews

This film, like other films of Hal Hartley's is something of a quirky character and therefore is a bit of a personal taste. For those who enjoy his special brand of humor this early film in his output has all the characteristics that he revisits in subsequent films. Equally, many of the actors will be seen in later films too and this is as good place as any to start investigating his output. The story evolves around a nun who leaves the convent because she believes that she is a nymphomaniac. But yet, she's never had sex. She decides to start writing pornographic stories for a porn magazine to vent her sexual frustration. Soon, she meets an injured man who has amnesia. Little does the nun know, but this man has ties to the porn industry. She has a spiritual revelation and decides to help this man find out who he is. This leads them both into trouble with hired assassins and crazed accountants. A wild story indeed...

Most mystery films focus on the identity of the bad guy. This film instead chooses to explore the bad guy's identity. The film opens with him laying unconscious on a cobblestone street. He awakes but has no idea who he is. With this premise, the audience always knows who the bad guy is. He is in almost every frame of the feature. The rest of the film sets about discovering who the bad guy is. Most scenes are arranged as artfully as a painting, the actors understand and enlarge Hartley's vision, and the music, ranging from Liz Phair to Pavement, is excellent. Great characters, dialogue, and nice tips of the hat to the human condition with some good laughs as well.

Overall rating: 9 out of 10.


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