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.
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.
A beautiful and intelligent film that's as beautiful and intelligent as the lead actress herself. Two films in and I think I can confidently say Hal Hartley is a great and inspiring filmmaker. A classic that I must watch again.
God, I LOVED-LOVED this movie! Not always funny, not always sad, but a perfect tightrope walk through genre tones. Brilliant comic timing, fast-bouncy dialogue, and stylized straight-faced performances. The love and earnestness for the characters shines through the tragicomedy, that I couldn't help be so involved!
Matthew: I respect and admire you.
Maria: Isn’t that love?
Matthew: No, that’s respect and admiration. I think that’s better than love.
Matthew: When people are in love they do all sorts of crazy things. They get jealous, they lie, they cheat. They kill themselves. They kill each other.