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Thursday, October 13

United States, United Kingdom, France, 1994
Directed by Hal Hartley
Starring Isabelle Huppert, Martin Donovan, Elina Löwensohn
Approx. 105 min. 35mm print courtesy Chicago Film Society

"What’s not to like about a film that features Huppert as a former nun who starts writing porn, a brief appearance from a Sonic Youth shirt-clad Michael Imperioli, and not one but two extended dialogues on the merits of floppy disks? AMATEUR runs on this zippy 90s energy (and) provides a showcase for Huppert’s range, as she goes from comparatively buttoned up to more outré, ultimately wearing black leather and wielding a drill… AMATEUR’s soundtrack features Liz Phair, My Bloody Valentine, and PJ Harvey, among other college rock icons, and as its characters run through downtown New York it feels like the platonic ideal of a playful 90s indie film.” – Abbey Bender, Brooklyn Magazine


“Many romantic triangles are bizarre, but in AMATEUR Hal Hartley has concocted the most irresistibly strange one to hit the screen in a long time.”
– Caryn James, The New York Times

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