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58 Ratings


Directed by Hal Hartley
United States, 1991
Short, Comedy, Drama


This short film follows a day in the life of a young artist who longs for professional success and the attention of beautiful women, but who encounters only frustration and violence.

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Ambition Directed by Hal Hartley

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  • Warren Spratley's rating of the film Ambition

    Working w/ shorter durations--here, eight minutes--allows Hartley to vivify abstraction & to work in a more allegorical register. Sallitt touches on the lovely fact that Hartley's characters are often talented amateur philosophers, & here it's no different. Interestingly enough, in terms of form, Bresson feels like less of a guiding light than in TRUST & TUT. The extended slow-motion climax is absolute sublimity.

  • FISCHER's rating of the film Ambition

    Par l'auteur des rafraîchissants "Trust" et "Simple men", un court métrage plus anecdotique que réellement réussi, le manque de structure de l'ensemble laissant le spectateur sur sa faim, n'augurant nullement des réussites à venir...

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