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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.


Hal Hartley


Hal Hartley
1 win & 2 nominations. See more awards »





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


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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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 »


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 »


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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References Band of Outsiders (1964) See more »


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 delirious_angelSee 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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Release Date:

19 May 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Amador See more »


Box Office


$2,300,000 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

Dolby | Dolby SR



Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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