I was rolling my eyes for the first few minutes, but by the time Hal Hartley's debut finished I was bawling. There is something unbelievably (ha) lovely, earnest, and smart about this late 80s indie. Life is worth living and people are worth loving even as we face nuclear annihilation and the worst of capitalism!
Amongst my all time favourites. Captures the late 1980s aesthetic so perfectly; droll and profound in equal measure. I felt the need to rewatch it in a week in which the unbelievable truth about nuclear devastation became more worrying than at any time since the 1980s with a wholly unpredictable, narcissistic madman in the White House who might see the end of the world as just another TV event.
- Are you a priest? - No. I'm a mechanic. It has the vibe of some Jarmusch movies, especially Stranger Than Paradise. A very unique balance of funny and dramatic, stylized directing, a fantastic soundtrack. And a mesmerizing performance by Adrienne Shelly - I rewinded at least 5 scenes just to see her again, she's unforgettable.
The distinctive and punctuated style of its characters, in addition to its softly lit and naturalistic visual style and use of sound make this film marvelous to the senses and distinctly individual. The story unfolds in a not unpredictable way, but this is by no means a weakness. Rather, its distinctive execution and its exploration of its characters only make The Unbelievable Truth memorable.
Preface: I hate the 'older man' film concept. So, here's a funny, perfectly paced comedy about: what? The dark hole of the Nineteen-Eighties. My favorite movies are the one that put forth an entire sense of things, and this movie slices nicely through middle class comfort to both satirize and find the things worth loving in people, the shallow, poetic, neurotic, mysterious, beautiful.
Chicken Soup for the Literary Soul. Here Hartley has created a truly amazing cast of characters, each one hilarious and wonderful to watch. Audry has gotta be the greatest movie teen ever. The subtle, lush soundtrack is perfectly effective. Fear, angst, passion, faith, all done with a unique, fabulous aesthetic.