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Amateur (1994)

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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 »

Director:

Hal Hartley

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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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Taglines:

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


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

Sony

Country:

USA | UK | France

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 May 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Amador See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,300,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$856,422
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Sound Mix:

Dolby | Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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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: So I'm an article of trade?
Kurt: Yes. A useful thing in terms of classic capitalism. I studied economics, I know what I'm talking about.
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Connections

References Band of Outsiders (1964) See more »

Soundtracks

Here
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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Maybe the most underestimated movie of all times.
7 September 2001 | by manswideSee all my reviews

This is without any doubt one of the best films ever made. The plot is pretty complex, four persons (all terrible amateurs) trying to live their lives without mutch knowledge 'bout the subject. The conversations are wonderful, the acting is awesome (especially Isabelle Huppert, her performance is a masterpiece you haven't seen since...Vertigo?). This is the only film I've ever seen three times in a row.I couldn't stop myself. An interesting thing about it is that not only the main, but even the smallest and least important characters are truly amateurs. The police girl, the video store guy, the café girl... Ain't we all after all?


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