When a beautiful, college bound girl, disturbingly preoccupied with the threat of nuclear destruction, falls in love with a handsome ex-convict who is rumoured to have murdered the father of his high school sweetheart many years ago, the pair embark on a tempestuous affair.
Hal Hartley’s first feature film is a warm hearted yet deadpan satire about idealistic young love, capitalist moralising and the need for passion and creation in everyday life.
The first time I watched The Unbelievable Truth I wasn’t sure what to think of it. The style of acting and the dialogue is quite different from most films, it could almost be described as minimalist. Regardless of this, the story is successful in luring you in. At times I was genuinely confused as to whether I should be supportive of the ex-convict Josh Hutton, as to begin with all you have to base your thoughts on are other characters gossip and hearsay as to what his crime was. There are few films in which I am unable to predict to some extent the outcome of the the story, however The Unbelievable Truth had me on the edge of my seat up to the last minute.
Watching the relationship develop between Josh and Audry is at times uncomfortable given the age difference between the two characters and the risky element added by Josh’s criminal past, however it is also oddly comforting, seeing how well the two characters click together.
Robert John Burke and Adrienne Shelly are perfect actors for this film, The Unbelievable Truth proves to be another fine addition to my Artificial Eye collection.