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A former nun (Isabelle Huppert) helps an amnesiac (Martin Donovan) uncover his criminal past in upstate New York.

Cast & Crew

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
Ted Hope
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Critic Reviews for Amateur

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  • Jun 22, 2011
    Stylistic romantic/comedy/thriller that builds slowly as an amnesiac endeavors to discover his identity. Nice performances in sort of an Hitchcockian homage, particularly by one Damien Young.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Jan 19, 2008
    All time favourite of mine. Can't believe this movie is 20 years old now. As always watching this, I find Elina Lowensohn compelling. What an underrated actress she was. Pity she seems to be not acting anymore. Typical great Hal Hartley film. He really made some classics around this time (Trust, The Unbelievable Truth). I loved these films and used to watch them over and over on VHS. The story is excellent. Sophia, a young woman duped into porn films and drug addiction at a young age, (Elina Lowensohn), decides she has had enough and pushes the man who trapped her out a window (Martin Donovan). However, he doesn't die, but wakes up with amnesia. He meets an ex nun, Isabelle (Isabelle Hupert) who takes him in and starts to fall for him. He has nightmares and talks in his sleep about a woman he treated badly and threatened, Sophia. Seeing Sophia in a porn magazine makes him curious about whether she may be his Sophia, and he and Isabelle step out to help her. There's a little more to it than that, but that's basically the premise. Highly original and beautifully filmed. Just the way the script is written is worth watching it for. The delivery of the lines. Can't gush enough. If you have never seen this, I highly recommend it.
    Nicki M Super Reviewer
  • Jul 11, 2007
    Hal Hartley is one of the most brilliant and underrated directors of his generation. What a shame that more people are not familiar with his work. There was a time when Martin Donovan was in every film that I loved...not he's disappeared. What's up with that?
    John B Super Reviewer

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