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1,235 Ratings


Directed by Hal Hartley
United States, United Kingdom, 1990
Comedy, Drama


Kicked out of home, rebellious teenager Maria meets Matthew, an unstable genius in electronics. But their life as an “ordinary normal couple” is less and less easy. Hal Hartley’s follow-up to The Unbelievable Truth.

Our take

Is any American independent filmmaker more criminally underrated than Hal Hartley? Part of the same wave as Richard Linklater and Todd Haynes (who debuted at Sundance the year Trust won the screenwriting prize), Hartley’s tales of American eccentrics are essential—and this dark rom-com is a peak.

Trust Directed by Hal Hartley

Awards & Festivals

Sundance Film Festival

1991 | 2 wins including: Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award

São Paulo International Film Festival

1991 | Winner: Best Feature (Audience Award)


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