Dir. Hal Hartley (1994); 105m, USA
FRIDAY, JUNE 9TH AT 7:00PM & 9:30PM
SATURDAY, JUNE 10TH AT 7:00PM & 9:30PM
SUNDAY, JUNE 11TH AT 3:O0PM
When Hal Hartley wrote Amateur, he said he was “intrigued by the idea of someone escaping who they are. I don’t believe that’s possible, but it would be possible for someone with amnesia.” Isabelle (played by Isabelle Huppert, who approached Hartley for a role after seeing his film Trust), an ex-nun turned porno author, meets amnesiac Thomas (Martin Donovan). In assisting Thomas rediscover his lost identity, Isabelle finds an entry point for her budding nymphomania, but more importantly, finds herself back in touch with the hazy mission assigned to her by the Virgin Mary: to save Sofia (Elina Löwensohn), Thomas’s ex-wife and former sex prisoner, from Thomas.
The head of PSU’s Film Department also happens to be a Hal Hartley scholar. Dr. Mark Berrettini’s written a book on Hartley’s work, and will introduce the film on Saturday at 7:00PM. He will also host a post-film discussion, which is in order after watching a Hartley action film.