Hal Hartley has become one of the most fascinating cinematic auteurs I've come across, and certainly one with quite an interesting sense of humor. The recycling of actors across his repertoire work well with his absolutely strange deadpan humor that, in almost every case, I've loved. Amateur, unfortunately, has proved to be more like a "paint by numbers" Hartley work than anything exceptional or fleshed-out. Isabelle Huppert and Martin Donovan give absolutely fine performances, but with the added drawback that their flat characters don't give them much to work with. Hartley's writing, as a rule, does take a bit of warming up to, but this one has proven to be the quietest, coldest film of his I've seen thus far. It's a perfectly acceptable work, but I'd much prefer Henry Fool or Trust for reliably solid Hartley fare.