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Trust
     

Trust

Director: Hal Hartley, Adrienne Shelly, Martin Donovan, Merritt Nelson

Cast: Hal Hartley, Adrienne Shelly, Martin Donovan, Merritt Nelson

 

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The unlikely relationship between a pregnant high school student and a brooding electronics repairman lies at the center of this droll comedy from writer-director Hal Hartley. Intelligent but unconventional, Maria (Adrienne Shelly) has more to worry about than her pregnancy, as her expectant state drives away her boyfriend and triggers a fatal heart attack in her

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The unlikely relationship between a pregnant high school student and a brooding electronics repairman lies at the center of this droll comedy from writer-director Hal Hartley. Intelligent but unconventional, Maria (Adrienne Shelly) has more to worry about than her pregnancy, as her expectant state drives away her boyfriend and triggers a fatal heart attack in her father. Meanwhile, Matthew (Martin Donovan) has his own problems: an abusive father, a heightened sense of morality that prevents him from taking semi-lucrative television repair jobs, and a suicidal streak that causes him to carry around a potentially deadly grenade. The meeting of these troubled minds at first promises to be beneficial for both, but sours as they are forced to interact with each other's dysfunctional families. As in all of Hartley's pictures, the narrative is filtered through an amusingly detached sensibility that some may consider an acquired taste.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Gregory Baird
Hal Hartley's eccentric romantic comedy follows the blooming romance between Matthew (Martin Donovan), an angry young electronics technician still living with his tyrant of a father, and Maria (Adrienne Shelly), a pregnant high school dropout under the thumb of her sadistic mother. Writer-director Hartley's distinctive style is evident throughout his second film: clever dialogue, understated performances, clear imagery, and dry, quirky, cerebral humor, all adding up to an assured and consistent tone. There's not an extraneous word or image to be found in Trust. Donovan (who subsequently became a regular in Hartley's films) is quietly mesmerizing as the repressed rebel who listens obsessively to Beethoven's Fifth and carries a hand grenade with him at all times, and Shelly (the costar of Hartley's debut feature, The Unbelievable Truth) radiates compassion despite her cynicism. For all its stylistic flourishes, Trust is really all about family, its take on the subject summed up perfectly by Matthew: "A family is like a gun. You point it in the wrong direction, you're gonna kill somebody."
All Movie Guide
Hal Hartley's second excursion to absurd suburbia, Trust offers audiences the surreal farce and deadpan wit that Hartley made his calling cards. It also offers a surprisingly touching romance, marked by wry irony and universally resonant concerns, centering on trust as a substitute for love. Trust also works as a calm, unforced, deeply precise meditation on identity, and the ways in which it can be built, destroyed, and re-formed into something new and unanticipated. Clad in purple lipstick and a neon mini-skirt at the film's beginning, Maria (Adrienne Shelly) gradually transforms into a serious, intelligent young woman, with glasses and pulled-back hair. It's a believable transformation, thanks to Shelly's remarkable performance; one of the film's truest moments comes when Maria writes in her diary, "I am ashamed. I am ashamed of being young. I am ashamed of being stupid." Fortunately, in Martin Donovan's Matthew, Maria finds someone who understands this. Donovan makes no apologies for his character's difficult personality, making the misanthropic, emotionally stunted repairman's idiosyncrasies raggedly endearing. He and Shelly navigate the flat Formica landscape of Hartley's dialogue with great ease, their blunt, no-frills performances forming the heart of an ornery but immensely satisfying film.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/22/2013
UPC:
0887090051705
Original Release:
1990
Rating:
R
Source:
Olive Films
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
1:47:00
Sales rank:
39,054

Special Features

Upon Reflection: Trust The Making Of "Trust Interviews With Adrienne Shelly, Martin Donovan, Hal Hartley And Line Producer/Assistant Director Ted Hope

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Adrienne Shelly Maria Coughlin
Martin Donovan Matthew Slaughter
Merritt Nelson Jean Coughlin
John A. MacKay Jim Slaughter
Edie Falco Peg Coughlin
Marko Hunt John Coughlin
Gary Sauer Anthony
Matt Malloy Ed
Tom Thon Deli Man
Patricia Sullivan Ruark Boss
Bill Sage John Bill
Chris Cooke Diner Guy
Nena Segal Aunt Fay
Karen Sillas Nurse Paine
Pamela Stewart Mrs. Blech
Jeff Howard Robert

Technical Credits
Hal Hartley Director,Screenwriter
Claudia Brown Costumes/Costume Designer
Jerome Brownstein Producer
Julie Fabian Art Director
Nick Gomez Editor
Ted Hope Producer
Sigrid Insull Costumes/Costume Designer
Daniel Ouellette Production Designer
Phil Reed Score Composer
Michael Spiller Cinematographer
Bruce Weiss Producer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Trust
1. Chapter 1 [:12]
2. Chapter 2 [9:09]
3. Chapter 3 [9:47]
4. Chapter 4 [13:32]
5. Chapter 5 [9:10]
6. Chapter 6 [11:47]
7. Chapter 7 [10:49]
8. Chapter 8 [11:57]
9. Chapter 9 [13:34]
10. Chapter 10 [16:15]

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