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Release Date:
19 May 1995 (USA) See more »
Accountancy, Murder, Amnesia, Torture, Ecstasy, Understanding, Redemption
Isabelle is an ex-nun waiting for her special mission from God. In the meantime, she is making a living writing pornography... See more » | Add synopsis »
1 win & 2 nominations See more »
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One of those movies after which you shake your head and say bemusedly, "Wow." See more (32 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Isabelle Huppert ... Isabelle

Martin Donovan ... Thomas Ludens
Elina Löwensohn ... Sofia Ludens

Damian Young ... Edward, Jaque's Accountant

Chuck Montgomery ... Jan, Jaque's Goon

Dave Simonds ... Kurt, Jaque's Goon

Pamela Stewart ... Officer Patsy Melville

Erica Gimpel ... Irate Woman
Jan Leslie Harding ... Waitress

Terry Alexander ... Frank, the Cook

Holt McCallany ... Usher
Hugh Palmer ... Warren

Michael Imperioli ... Doorman at Club
Angel Caban ... Detective

Emmanuel Xuereb ... Bartender

Lennie Loftin ... Taxi Driver
David Greenspan ... George, the Pornographer

Adria Tennor ... Kid reading 'The Odyssey'

Parker Posey ... Girl Squatter

Dwight Ewell ... Boy Squatter

Currie Graham ... Video Store Clerk

Jamie Harrold ... Pizza Guy

Patricia Scanlon ... Young Irate Mother

James McCauley ... Policeman

Benny Nieves ... Policeman
David Troup ... Guard

Tim Blake Nelson ... Young Detective
Marissa Copeland ... Sister at Door
Dael Orlandersmith ... Mother Superior

Michael Gaston ... Sharpshooter

Paul Schulze ... Cop Who Shoots Thomas
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jason Fisher ... David (uncredited)

Directed by
Hal Hartley 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Hal Hartley 

Produced by
Jerome Brownstein .... executive producer
Hal Hartley .... producer
Ted Hope .... producer
Lindsay Law .... executive producer
Yves Marmion .... executive producer
Scott Meek .... executive producer
Original Music by
Hal Hartley  (as Ned Rifle)
Jeffrey Taylor 
Cinematography by
Michael Spiller 
Film Editing by
Steve Hamilton 
Casting by
Billy Hopkins 
Suzanne Smith 
Production Design by
Steve Rosenzweig 
Art Direction by
Ginger Tougas 
Set Decoration by
Jennifer Baime 
Amy Tapper 
Costume Design by
Alexandra Welker 
Makeup Department
Judy Chin .... makeup artist
Marjorie Durand .... key makeup artist
Production Management
Christopher Goode .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Robert C. Albertell .... third assistant director
Gregory Jacobs .... first assistant director
Allen Kupetsky .... second assistant director
Art Department
Susan Blume .... scenic artist
Laurie F. Cohen .... scenic charge
Robert Cosentino .... art production assistant
David Doernberg .... property master (as Dave Doernberg)
Linda Harvey .... construction coordinator
Sarah Lavery .... assistant props
Joyce Pierpoline .... art department coordinator (as Joyce M. Pierpoline)
Neda Pourang .... art intern
Constance Van Flandern .... set property master
Sound Department
Marko A. Costanzo .... foley artist
Jeanne Gilliland .... second boom operator
Paul Koronkiewicz .... boom operator
Susan Littenberg .... sound editor
Jeff Pullman .... sound mixer
Steve Silkensen .... sound editor
Reilly Steele .... sound re-recording mixer
Special Effects by
Drew Jiritano .... special effects
Ron Petruccione .... special effects
Phil Neilson .... stunt coordinator
Ron Petruccione .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Bart Blaise .... second assistant camera
Richard Breen .... best boy electric
Paul Candrilli .... key grip
Leonard Freed .... additional still photographer
Eric M. Klein .... best boy grip
Richard Ludwig .... still photographer
Paul Nickason .... dolly grip
Storn Peterson .... first assistant camera
Linda Phillips .... electrician
Danya Reich .... second second assistant camera
Frank Stubblefield .... gaffer (as W. Stubblefield)
Joe Stubblefield .... electrician
Casting Department
Kerry Barden .... casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Elana C. Fisher .... costume production assistant
Marina Marit .... wardrobe supervisor
Kathryn Nixon .... assistant costume designer
Editorial Department
Alex Albanese .... first assistant editor
Susan Littenberg .... assistant editor
Patricia Sztaba .... negative matcher
Stan Sztaba .... negative matcher
Transportation Department
Brian Maxwell .... transportation captain
Other crew
Joan Altman .... production auditor
Paul C. Arianas .... assistant production coordinator
Randall Balsmeyer .... title designer
Eddy Collyns .... location manager
Fliss Coombs .... unit publicist
Joyce Hsieh .... assistant auditor
Jocelyn Jansons .... location assistant
Roger Kass .... legal services
Lilene Mansell .... dialect coach
James McCauley .... fight director (as James Michael McCauley)
Victoria McGarry .... production coordinator
Alexa D. O'Brien .... production office intern
Andrew Saxe .... assistant location manager
Rick Washburn .... weapons coordinator
Greg White .... production assistant

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Rated R for violence and language
105 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

Isabelle Huppert got the lead role by writing to the director and begging for a part in his next film.See more »
Sofia:I'm not afraid of dying; I'm afraid of pain.See more »
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Referenced in The Waiter (1997)See more »
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8 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
One of those movies after which you shake your head and say bemusedly, "Wow.", 24 April 2004
Author: jj9675 from U.S.

Hal Hartley where have you been all my movie-loving life? This was the sort of movie-watching experience which required my calling my best friend and telling her about it, as I would any noteworthy experience.

Yes, the ending was dismal... yet perfect! So much about redemption: This was clear if one remembers Thomas's feet at the beginning of the movie, and then Thomas's feet at the end. At that point, I saw the (one of) point to the story. I enjoyed the clipped dialogue, the clarity, AND the ironic absurdity. The story was not meant to be reality-driven, but limited to the raison d'etre of Thomas and the other characters: as in a dream, but not. Discovering it was a marvelous channel-surfing accident.

Now I must do a search on Hal Hartley. Check out his portfolio, so to speak. Rating 9/10.

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