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.
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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.
Brilliant deadpan dialogue set against a bleak blue-collar backdrop. Hartley completely eschews any romantic comedy tropes (even from the darker examples of the genre) and presents a film that's, well, explosive.