Monday, February 06, 2006

are you a priest or something?

last night i watched my first hal hartley film [the unbelievable truth].
my friend kurt is a huge fan of hartley, so it's really about time that i got around to watching something by him. my friend king said i should start at the beginning, so this is what i did...

it's a very dry and deadpan film acting-wise.
the wife didn't care for this, and asked if it was SUPPOSED to be like that.
yes - obviously the delivery is very intentionally deadpan.
i can understand that some people don't care for that.
i laughed quite a few times, and really dug the interplay between the characters.
they are just pretty normal people given some odd situations to deal with and some really great lines.

it's the kind of film that keeps you on your toes, and it's hard to determine just who is being a jerk and who is just being honest and who is making assumptions about the cause behind someone else's behaviour. [note to self: we are all jerks sometimes]

speaking of assumptions, since this is my first hartley film, i am going to assume that he, like woody allen, is someone whose films people will either love or hate.
i just can't see being ambivalent about this guy's work.

next on the hit list for hal hartley: trust
i'll rent it thursday and watch it this weekend.

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