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Amateur (1994)

R | | Comedy, Crime, Drama | 19 May 1995 (USA)
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An amnesiac wakes up on an NYC alley. He meets Isabelle, an ex nun now erotic writer, at a diner and follows her home. She helps him find his identity. Then there's Sofia, the porn star.

Director:

Hal Hartley

Writer:

Hal Hartley
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Jan Leslie Harding ... Waitress
Terry Alexander ... Frank, the Cook
Holt McCallany ... Usher
Hugh Palmer Hugh Palmer ... Warren
Michael Imperioli ... Doorman at Club
Angel Caban Angel Caban ... Detective
Emmanuel Xuereb ... Bartender
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Storyline

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


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »

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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 »

Goofs

Towards the end when Edward shoots Jan multiple times, after Jan finally collapses and dies he is obviously still breathing as the scene ends. See more »

Quotes

Sofia: I'm not afraid of dying; I'm afraid of pain.
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Connections

Referenced in The Waiter (1997) See more »

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Tom Boy
Performed by Bettie Serveert
Courtesy of Matador Records
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Likably offbeat fare.
7 October 2003 | by gridoonSee 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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Official Sites:

Sony

Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

19 May 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,300,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$757,088

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$757,088
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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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