The Unbelievable Truth ★★★★½

Hal Hartley, like his contemporary Spike Lee, understands the constructions of fiction and the way that centuries of tradition have gotten us to the present cinematic landscape. His staging is frequently reminiscent of Renaissance painting, and the way that characters are positioned within the frame—in relation to each other, or to the camera—highlights their psychological states while creating some level of dissonance or harmony to augment what is happening in the narrative. The film's breakdown of modern yuppie garbletalk and suburban ennui identify the way that wealth can fry one's brain, but Audry's fears of the apocalypse are still treated with respect, making for a masterfully tottering artwork.