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The Unbelievable Truth [DVD]

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  • In Hal Hartley's first feature film, THE UNBELIEVABLE TRUTH, Josh (Robert Burke), a criminal who has just been released from prison, returns home to Lindenhurst, Long Island. There he's hired as a mechanic by Vic Hugo (Christopher Cooke), the owner of a local garage. Through a mutual interest in George Washington, Josh falls in love with Vic's daughter, Audry (Adrienne Shelly). However, their romance proves to be difficult due to Audry's possessive ex-boyfriend and the mystery surrounding Josh's past.

    THE UNBELIEVABLE TRUTH effectively establishes Hartley's unique aesthetic, which is darkly humorous, oddly clever, and subtly meditative. Rather than merely hint at their thoughts, the characters in this film (and other Hartley films) tend to speak exactly what they're thinking, openly expressing things often left unsaid. A quirky take on the romantic comedy, this is the debut of a highly original American filmmaker.
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  • Credits
    Robert John Burke, Robert Burke, Adrienne Shelly, Christopher Cooke, Chris Cooke, Jeffrey Howard, Edie Falco, William Sage, Bill Sage
  • Critic Reviews
    "...Arch....All the offbeat appeal of its strange characters..."
    New York Times

    "...It's fresh and actually gets somewhere....Hartley reveals a serious concern for how people tend to look at relationship as if they were business deals and how alienating the results are..."
    Los Angeles Times

    "Hartley's determination to skew convention at every turn remains diverting."
    Sight and Sound

    "...[A] wildly hilarious black comedy....[Hartley] combines a rigorous social conscience with the exuberance of fresh comic thinking..."
    Rolling Stone

    "THE UNBELIEVABLE TRUTH was still like nothing else at the time, an offbeat relationship study with dialogue pitched somewhere between Jim Jarmusch deadpan and the rhythms of a Samuel Beckett play."
    A.V. Club

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