AMATEUR

Content -3
Quality
None Light Moderate Heavy
Language        
Violence        
Sex        
Nudity        

Release Date: May 19, 1995

Starring: Isabelle Huppert, Martin
Donovan, Elina Lowensohn,
Damian Young, Chuck
Montgomery, Dave Simons, &
Pamela Stewart

Genre: Romantic thriller

Audience:

Rating: R

Runtime: 109 minutes

Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics

Director: Hal Hartley EXECUTIVE
PRODUCERS: Jerome Bernstein,
Scott Meek, Lindsay Law, &
Yves Marmion

Executive Producer:

Producer: Jerome Bernstein, Scott Meek,
Lindsay Law, & Yves
Marmion PRODUCERS: Hal Hartley
& Ted Hope

Writer: Hal Hartley

Address Comments To:

Content:

(NA, AB, Ho, L, VV, S, N, A, M) Pagan worldview featuring homosexuality & other sexual experimentation; some anti-biblical references & 1 joking reference to God's will; 7 obscenities & 2 profanities; torture, mutilation, threats of violence, gunfire, & murder; pornographic industry portrayed, implied orgy & implied promiscuity; brief, partial nudity on magazine covers; alcohol use; and smoking.

Summary:

AMATEUR is a romantic thriller about a man with amnesia and an ex-nun nymphomaniac who shelters him. Featuring strongly implied sexual immorality and violence, the movie juxtaposes black humor against the hope of four characters trying to escape their pasts. However, it succeeds only as another shaggy dog story trying in some ways to imitate PULP FICTION.

Review:

AMATEUR is a romantic thriller about an amnesiac and an ex-nun who shelters him. Isabelle Huppert and Martin Donovan star as the confused woman and the man without a clear past bound together in a complicated plot involving pornography, blackmail and an international crime. The story revolves around how difficult it is to create a new identity for yourself, especially when you do not know who you really are in the first place.

AMATEUR is a tightly controlled, well rehearsed movie that offers strong performances and sumptuous cinematography. The movie raises some interesting questions. If an amnesiac cannot remember what he has done, can he be held accountable? If so, can his repentance be sincere if he really does not know the extent of his deeds? This character tries, and it is sad that the one character who rejects his repentance is the one who wears a silver cross. Surprising for a movie dealing with pornography and torture, there is no full nudity, no explicit sexual activity and comparatively little violence. Most of this occurs off-screen, but these vices are strongly and clearly implied. The movie juxtaposes its black humor against the hope of four characters trying to escape their pasts. However, it succeeds only as another shaggy dog story trying in some ways to imitate PULP FICTION.

In Brief: