The Unbelievable Truth
United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital Stereo ), WIDESCREEN (1.78:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Cast/Crew Interview(s), Interactive Menu, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: Audry (Adrienne Shelly) is a Long Island teenager beset with worries - college, parents, nuclear war and frustrated by small town life. When mysterious Josh (Robert Burke) arrives and goes to work as a mechanic for Audrey's father, she feels overwhelmingly attracted to him, despite town rumors that he's a murderer. SCREENED/AWARDED AT: Sundance Film Festival, ...The Unbelievable Truth
- Language : English
- Director : Hal Hartley
- Media Format : Import, PAL, Widescreen
- Run time : 86 minutes
- Actors : Robert John Burke, Matt Malloy, Bill Sage, Adrienne Shelly, Chris Cooke
- Language : English (Dolby Digital 2.0)
- Studio : Tf1 Video
- ASIN : B00GV30L4A
- Number of discs : 1
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As a whole though, 'The Unbelievable Truth' never quite holds together. Audrey's obsession with the end of the world and nuclear issues is almost cringeworthy in its attempt to satirise left-wing youth culture, and the script produces too many one-dimensional characters, like Audrey's lovestruck ex-boyfriend Emmet (whose one character facet seems to be shoving any man who looks at Audrey), whilst, out of keeping with her romantic side with Josh, she repeatedly tells him, "you disgust me". Such character iconsistency might be Hartley's attempt to show the changeable nature of teenagers, but it feels clunky, and makes Audrey a less engaging character than she could be. The film's middle section is superb, especially when an excellent Chris Cook (playing Audrey's father) delivers a veiled speech over a nude modelling spread his daughter does, but at the film's close, Hartley seems unable to know what to do with his characters, and proceedings fizzle out, as opposed to ending with a bang. A mixture of charming and awkward, compelling and clumsy, 'The Unbelievable Truth' is worth watching, but its flaws keep it from being as good as much of Hartley's later work.
"L'incroyable vérité" est son premier long métrage, et un des meilleurs. Suivrons "Trust me" et "Simple men", également excellents. Le reste de la production sera plus irrégulier dans la qualité d'abord, puis dans le temps.
On retrouve deux des acteurs fétiches d'Hartley dans ce film: Robert Burke et Adrienne Shelley, disparue bien trop tôt.
Du grand cinéma décalé, avec un rythme à la fois lent et pourtant prenant sans cesse.
Attention, cette édition n'est pas sous-titrée en français.